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Definition of "furfural" [furfural]

  • A colorless, sweet-smelling, mobile liquid, C4H3OCHO, made from corncobs and used in the synthesis of furan, as a solvent for nitrocellulose, and as a fungicide and weed killer. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "furfural" in a sentence
  • "Some agave syrups contain a contaminant called hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF, also called 5-hydroxymethyl furfural), an organic heat-formed compound that arises in the processing of fructose -- in both agave syrup and HFCS."
  • "He crouched and opened a bottle of methyl furfural, a molecule that smells like caramel, with hints of leather and black cherry."
  • "Is it possible that all this furfural is really just an early "October Surprise", in the US electoral tradition that both Reagan and Bush II made such masterful use of?"
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