One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An oily unsaturated primary alcohol, C₁₀H₁₈O, which is present in neroli and some other essential oils and has a fragrance of roses resembling but regarded as superior to that of geraniol (its stereoisomer).
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Nerol from Ner- + -ol.
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