One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A liquid terpene found in essential oils of bayberry, hop, and other plants, used in the manufacture of perfumes; 7-methyl-3-methylene-1,6-octadiene, CH₂:CHC(CH₂)CH₂CH₂CH:C(CH₃)₂.
Late 19th century. From scientific Latin Myrcia, former genus name of the (Caribbean) bayberry, Pimenta racemosa (formerly P. acris) + -ene.
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