naphthalene

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Etymology[edit]

From naphtha + -ene.

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naphthalene (usually uncountable, plural naphthalenes)

  1. A white crystalline hydrocarbon manufactured from coal tar; used in mothballs.
  2. (organic chemistry) An aromatic bicyclic hydrocarbon, C10H8; an acene containing two fused benzene rings.

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