One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
as modifier Of or denoting an alkyl radical —C₅H₁₁, derived from pentane.Compare with amyl
- ‘R 1 and R 2 indicate the propyl and pentyl forms of the different metabolites.’
- ‘Pear drops are a popular British sweet, coloured half-red, half-yellow, roughly pear shaped and flavoured with jargonelle pear essence, or synthetic pentyl acetate.’
Mid 19th century: blend of pentane and alkyl.
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