One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any saturated monohydric alcohol of the formula C₅H₁₁OH, of which several isomeric forms exist; specifically (also "n-pentanol" or "1-pentanol") the primary straight-chain alcohol CH₃(CH₂)₃CH₂OH (n-amyl alcohol).
1920s; earliest use found in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. From pentane + -ol.
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