Oil of bitter almonds

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a poisonous volatile oil obtained from bitter almonds by maceration and distillation; benzoic aldehyde.

See also: Almond

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Flavorant is selected from the group consisting of menthol, spearmint oil, cinnamon oil, peppermint oil, clove oil, bay oil, thyme oil, cedar leaf oil, oil of nutmeg, oil of sage and oil of bitter almonds.
It also contains the enzyme emulsin which in the presence of water acts on soluble glycosides amygdalin and prunasin [13] yielding glucose cyanide and the essential oil of bitter almonds which is nearly pure benzaldehyde.