One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of three isomeric oily liquid amines having the formula (C₂H₅O)C₆H₄NH₂, which are ortho-, meta-, and para-amino derivatives of phenetole and are used in the manufacture of dyes.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Quarterly Journal of the Chemical Society. From phenet- + -idine, after French phénétidine.
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