• WordNet 3.6
    • n amyl a hydrocarbon radical that occurs in many organic compounds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Amyl (Chem) A univalent hydrocarbon radical, C5H11, of the paraffine series found in amyl alcohol or fusel oil, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amyl Starch; fine flour.
    • n amyl A hypothetical radical (C5H11) believed to exist in many compounds, as amylic alcohol, etc. It cannot exist in the free state, two molecules at the moment of its liberation combining to form the substance decane, C10H22, a double amyl molecule. Amyl compounds enter into the constitution of artificial essences of fruits. They were first obtained from spirit distilled after the fermentation of starchy materials. Also written amule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amyl am′il the fifth in the series of the alcohol radicals, a natural product of the distillation of coal. As thus found, two molecules are united together, usually called diamyl, being a colourless liquid with an agreeable smell and burning taste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. am,ylum starch + -yl,. Cf. Amidin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. amylon, starchy, fine meal.


In literature:

He told me the handkerchief was saturated with amyl nitrite.
"The Red Seal" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
When we had crossed the valley of the river Amyl, Happiness smiled on us.
"Beasts, Men and Gods" by Ferdinand Ossendowski
I've only known one who could stop an attack, and he knocked me sideways with nitrite of amyl.
"A Thief in the Night" by E. W. Hornung
She had a little phial that rightly should have contained nitrate of amyl, in her right hand.
"The Good Soldier" by Ford Madox Ford
The filtrate, if shaken up with amylic alcohol, gives it in either case a red color.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883" by Various
He had been prepared for some such emergency, and he hurried into his room for amyl-nitrate.
"K" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Equal parts of the fatty acids, amyl alcohol, and a 1 per cent.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
Solar light also effects the decomposition of the nitrite-of-amyl vapour.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
However, Amys and Amyle did not disappoint their fathers and mothers in this way.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
Nitrate of amyl was not a drug which a costermonger would select with a view to committing suicide.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
Cassy hurried to the mantel where, in provision of these attacks, were glass tubes with amyl in them.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
But you may possibly need more of the nitrite of amyl.
"The Unknown Quantity" by Henry van Dyke
I've only known one who could stop an attack, and he knocked me sideways with nitrite of amyl.
"A Thief in the Night" by E. W. Hornung
The clear distillate had a peculiar odor suggesting both tea and amyl formate.
"Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron)" by William Anderson Syme
Fusel oil and its chief constituent, amyl alcohol, are direct nerve poisons.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
Amyl and butyl nitrite cause rapid pulse, headaches, and involuntary passing of urine and feces.
"What Works: Schools Without Drugs" by United States Department of Education
Nitrite of amyl in small glass pearls is a common remedy.
"How to Care for the Insane" by William D. Granger
Nitroglycerine and amyl nitrite, action transitory but rapid.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
Nitrate of Amyl in Sea Sickness.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.--No. 24. [New Series.], December 14, 1878" by Various
Derivatives of the type R2N.OH result in the action of the Grignard reagent on amyl nitrite.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

"There, you have said it all and you feel better.
You won't go now. You're crying. Close the door.
The heart's gone out of it: why keep it up?
Amyl There's someone coming down the road!"
"Home Burial" by Robert Frost

In news:

Revision of D3540 - 06 Standard Specification for Primary Amyl Acetate , Synthetic (98 % Grade).
Amyl acetate is a dry-side agent that is much more aggressive in certain respects than either VDS or POG.
It's important to have amyl acetate on the spotting board, since it helps dissolve stains that usually aren't dissolved by other dry-side agents.
Is vacuum distillation best to recover iso amyl alcohol and manufacturing esters.
I'm planning to set up a distillation unit for distilling fusel oil to recover iso amyl alcohol and manufacturing esters from it.
Revision of D3540 - 06 Standard Specification for Primary Amyl Acetate, Synthetic (98 % Grade).
Then add a pint of amyl alcohol.
After adjusting for education, religiosity, history of cryptorchidism (undescended testicle -- a known risk factor for TGCT), and use of cocaine and amyl nitrite (a.k.a.