One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of three isomeric saturated cyclic liquid hydrocarbons, CH₃·C₆H₁₀·CH(CH₃)₂ (methylisopropylcyclohexane); especially the para-isomer, on whose carbon skeleton many terpenes are based.
Early 20th century. From German Menthan from menth- (in Menthene (now Menthen)) + -an.
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