Definitions for naphthaleneˈnæf θəˌlin, ˈnæp-; -lɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. naphthalene(noun)

    a white crystalline strong-smelling hydrocarbon made from coal tar or petroleum and used in organic synthesis and as a fumigant in mothballs


  1. naphthalene(Noun)

    A white crystalline hydrocarbon manufactured from coal tar; used in mothballs.

  2. naphthalene(Noun)

    An aromatic bicyclic hydrocarbon, CH; an acene containing two fused benzene rings.

  3. Origin: From naphtha + -ene.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Naphthalene(noun)

    a white crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon, C10H8, analogous to benzene, and obtained by the distillation of certain bituminous materials, such as the heavy oil of coal tar. It is the type and basis of a large number of derivatives among organic compounds. Formerly called also naphthaline


  1. Naphthalene

    Naphthalene is an organic compound with formula C 10H 8. It is the simplest polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, and is a white crystalline solid with a characteristic odor that is detectable at concentrations as low as 0.08 ppm by mass. As an aromatic hydrocarbon, naphthalene's structure consists of a fused pair of benzene rings. It is best known as the main ingredient of traditional mothballs.

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