Definition of amyl in English:

amyl

Pronunciation: /ˈeɪmʌɪl//ˈamɪl/

noun

Chemistry
  • 1[as modifier] Of or denoting the straight-chain pentyl radical —C5H11.

    • ‘The powdered bark can also be treated with solvents, such as toluene, or amyl alcohol to extract the quinine.’
    • ‘Ethanol was then replaced with amyl acetate in preparation for critical point drying with liquid carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘The main component of the fragrance is amyl acetate (which is also the smell of nail polish remover).’
    • ‘Once again, there's an impressive list of toxins found in these products that may include naptha, phenol, diglycol laurate, amyl acetate or nitrobenzene.’
    • ‘While nail polish remover or amyl acetate will remove polish, both may affect the vinyl.’
    1. 1.1informal
      short for amyl nitrite
      • ‘The blurb makes it all sound far more titillating than it probably is, but they're right about the leather and amyl though.’
      • ‘Effective treatment was not available until Brunton introduced nitrate of amyl in 1867.’
      • ‘Wearing gasmasks with a small canister of amyl attached is really great for morale on the battlefield of love - but I digress.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin amylum starch + -yl.

Pronunciation:

amyl

/ˈeɪmʌɪl//ˈamɪl/