Definition of orcinol in US English:

orcinol

noun

Chemistry
  • A crystalline compound extracted from certain lichens and used to make dyes.

    Alternative name: 2-hydroxyphenylmethanol; chemical formula: C₇H₈O₂

    • ‘Orcinol may react with oxidising materials.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin orcina, from Italian orcello ‘orchil’.

Pronunciation

orcinol

/-ˌnôl/