Meaning of METHANE in English

/meth"ayn/ ; Brit. /mee"thayn/ , n. Chem.

a colorless, odorless, flammable gas, CH 4 , the main constituent of marsh gas and the firedamp of coal mines, obtained commercially from natural gas: the first member of the methane, or alkane, series of hydrocarbons.

[ 1865-70; METH- + -ANE ]

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