One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a group of toxic substances occurring in pine trees and conferring resistance to fungal and insect attack; specifically 3,5-dihydroxystilbene, C₁₄H₁₂O₂.
1930s; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts. From German Pinosylvin from classical Latin pīnus + German -o- + sylv- + German -in, after scientific Latin Pinus sylvestris, taxonomic name of Scots pine.
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