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Webster Dictionary

  1. Pittacal(noun)

    a dark blue substance obtained from wood tar. It consists of hydrocarbons which when oxidized form the orange-yellow eupittonic compounds, the salts of which are dark blue

    Etymology: [Gr. pi`tta, pi`ssa, pitch + kalo`s beautiful: cf. F. pittacale.]


  1. Pittacal

    Pittacal was the first synthetic dyestuff to be produced commercially. It was accidentally discovered by German chemist Carl Ludwig Reichenbach in 1832, who was also the discoverer of kerosene, phenol, eupion, paraffin wax and creosote. As the history goes, Reichenbach applied creosote to the wooden posts of his home, in order to drive away dogs who urinated on them. The strategy was ineffectual, however, and he noted that the dog's urine reacted with creosote to form an intense dark blue deposit. He named the new substance píttacal. He later was able to produce pure pittacal by treating beechwood tar with barium oxide and using alumina as a mordant to the dye's fabrics. Although sold commercially as a dyestuff, it did not fare well. Eupittone is a yellow crystalline substance resembling aurin, and obtained by the oxidation of pittacal. It is also called also eupittonic acid or eupitton.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pittacal

    pit′a-kal, n. a blue substance obtained from wood-tar oil and used in dyeing. [Gr. pitta, pitch, kalos, beautiful.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pittacal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pittacal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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