Definition of perylene in English:

perylene

noun

Chemistry
  • A yellow, crystalline hydrocarbon, C₂₀H₁₂, whose molecule consists of five fused aromatic rings, which occurs in coal tar and from which certain organic pigments are derived.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Perylen, shortened from peri-Di-naphthylen from peri- relating to the 1,8-positions on the naphthalene ring system + di- + Naphthylen naphthylene: see -ene.

Pronunciation

perylene

/ˈpɛrɪliːn/