One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
"phenylacetic acid", a white, crystalline acid with a sweet odour, C₆H₅CH₂COOH, used in chemical synthesis and perfume manufacture.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Nature: a weekly journal of science. Quot. 1870 refers to a paper apparently read in 1869 to German learned society by a Dr Zinke, but this has not been traced.
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