Definition of benzaldehyde in English:



  • [mass noun] A colourless liquid aldehyde with the odour of bitter almonds, used in the manufacture of dyes and perfumes.

    • ‘All assays were done using a 1: 600 dilution of benzaldehyde, except the last two columns.’
    • ‘In 1933, while researching the effects of high pressure on chemical reactants, a fellow scientist managed to produce a waxy solid from ethylene and benzaldehyde.’
    • ‘Apricot seeds are a strange molecular combination; part glucose and part the deadly poisons cyanide and benzaldehyde.’
    • ‘This herb contains amygdalin which hydrolizes into benzaldehyde and hydrocyanic acid.’
    • ‘It is thought that the distinguishing volatile compounds include the volatile phenols, benzaldehyde, vinylbenzene, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl vanillate, and methyl vanillate.’