One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic compound used as a solvent for resins and dyes and (in the form of salts) as an ingredient of emulsifying soaps used in floor polishes.
- ‘Morpholine is a colorless oily liquid with strong moisture absorption and strong basicity.’
- ‘Morpholine is used in some countries in cosmetic preparations, particularly mascara eye makeup.’
Late 19th century: from morphine, with the insertion of the syllable -ol- (see -ol).
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