pyrene

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pyrene the small hard nutlet of a drupe or drupelet; the seed and the hard endocarp that surrounds it
    • n pyrene a pale yellow crystalline hydrocarbon C16H10 extracted from coal tar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pyrene (Chem) One of the less volatile hydrocarbons of coal tar, obtained as a white crystalline substance, C16H10.
    • n Pyrene (Bot) Same as Pyrena.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pyrene A stone or putamen, properly when there are several in a single fruit, as in the huckleberry and other berry-like drupes, and in some pomes with a stony endocarp, as those of the hawthorn and medlar; a nutlet. Also ossiculus.
    • n pyrene A hydrocarbon (C15H12) obtained from coaltar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pyrene pī′rēn a stone or putamen
    • n Pyrene pī′rēn a hydrocarbon obtained from coal-tar.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. fire

Usage

In literature:

Else should my lines glide on the waves of Rhine, And crown the Pyren's with my living song.
"Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles" by Michael Drayton, Bartholomew Griffin, and William Smith
We read of a Pyrene, which was a fountain of another nature; yet of the same etymology, however differently expressed.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
Farther on the hero came upon another monster in his way, Cycnus, the son of Mars and Pyrene.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
Then the pyrene extinguisher fell out, and I had to rescue it from under the nose of a tram.
"Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan" by Frances Halton Eva Hasell
Send two tenders with Pyrenes at once!
"'Green Balls'" by Paul Bewsher
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