One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A colourless oily ketone having an odour of peppermint, made by heating pinacol; 3,3-dimethyl-2-butanone, CH₃COC(CH₃)₂. Also: any other ketone in which the carbonyl group is bonded to at least one tertiary carbon atom.
1920s. Alteration of pinacoline after -one.
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