One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thick, colourless, oily liquid distilled from wood tar; 4-propyl-2,6-dimethoxyphenol, (C₃H₇)C₆H₂(OCH₃)₂OH.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Records of General Science. From German Picamar from classical Latin pic-, pix + amārus bitter. With the form picamare compare French picamare.
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