One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various yellow or orange crystalline compounds, C₆H₃(OCH₃₎(NO₂)(NH₂), which are amino derivatives of nitroanisole.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From nitro- + anisidine, after German Nitranisidin, itself after French anisidine nitrique.
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