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naph·tha·lene

also naph·tha·line  (năf′thə-lēn′, năp′-) or naph·tha·lin (-lĭn)
n.
A white crystalline aromatic compound, C10H8, derived from coal tar or petroleum and used in manufacturing dyes, moth repellents, and explosives and as a solvent. Also called tar camphor.


naph′tha·len′ic (-lĕn′ĭk) adj.
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naphthalene

(ˈnæfθəˌliːn; ˈnæp-) or

naphthaline

;

naphthalin

(ˈnæfθəlɪn; ˈnæp-)
n
(Chemistry) a white crystalline volatile solid with a characteristic penetrating odour: an aromatic hydrocarbon used in mothballs and in the manufacture of dyes, explosives, etc. Formula: C10H8
[C19: from naphtha + alcohol + -ene]
naphthalic adj
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naph•tha•lene

or naph•tha•line

(ˈnæf θəˌlin, ˈnæp-)

also naph•tha•lin

(-lɪn)

n.
a white crystalline hydrocarbon, C10H8, usu. obtained from coal tar: used in making dyes and as a moth repellant.
[1865–70; earlier napthaline]
naph`tha′len•ic (-ˈlɛn ɪk) adj.
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naph·tha·lene

(năf′thə-lēn′)
A white crystalline compound made from coal tar or petroleum and used to make dyes, moth repellents, explosives, and solvents.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.naphthalene - a white crystalline strong-smelling hydrocarbon made from coal tar or petroleum and used in organic synthesis and as a fumigant in mothballs
camphor ball, mothball - a small sphere of camphor or naphthalene used to keep moths away from stored clothing
hydrocarbon - an organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen
coal tar - a tar formed from distillation of bituminous coal; coal tar can be further distilled to give various aromatic compounds
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Translations
naftalennaftalín

naphthalene

[ˈnæfθəliːn] Nnaftalina f
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naphthalene

nNaphthalin nt
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The substances ingested accidentally included antidepressants, unknown drugs, paracetamol, chemical substances (thinner, acetone, cologne, napthaline, gas oil, ethyl alcohol, ink, cyanide and mushroom poisoning), cardiovascular drugs, salbutamol, antipsychotics, muscle relaxants, hormone derivatives, insecticides, colchicine, nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAI), organophosphates, an-tiepileptics and decongestants, respectively.
"I got tall glass jars for protection against cockroaches, and tins to keep mice off, and wire-netting for rats, and napthaline to astonish the scorpions and spiders; and last, but by no means least, a good strong padlock for human beings!" Dauncey wrote.