from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A thick, syrupy poisonous liquid, C5H8O2, derived from croton oil, having a spicy odor and used in making perfumes and flavoring agents.
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- noun organic chemistry A
monocarboxylic unsaturated organic acid, the trans-form of angelic acid, found in croton oiland in several other natural products.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[New Latin (Croton) tiglium, croton species name, perhaps from Greek tīlos, diarrhea (from the use of croton oil as a purgative).]
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