One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A red, crystalline hydrocarbon which is an isomer of benzene (C₆H₆) and has a molecule containing six carbon atoms arranged at the corners of a triangular prism; any of various analogues or substituted derivatives of this.
2A cluster of atoms of iron, sulphur, and/or other elements bonded together in the shape of a prism; specifically one containing six iron and six sulphur atoms. Chiefly attributive.
1960s. From prism + -ane.
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