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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a poisonous oily liquid with a garlicky odor composed of 2 cacodyl groups; undergoes spontaneous combustion in dry air [syn: cacodyl, tetramethyldiarsine]
2: the univalent group derived from arsine [syn: cacodyl, cacodyl group, cacodyl radical, arsenic group]

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a malodorous, toxic, spontaneously flammable liquid, tetramethyldiarsine. Derivatives: cacodylic adj. Etymology: Gk kakodes stinking f. kakos bad

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cacodyl Cac"o*dyl, n. [Gr. ??????? ill-smelling (????? bad + ????? to smell) + -yl.] (Chem.) Alkarsin; a colorless, poisonous, arsenical liquid, As2(CH3)4, spontaneously inflammable and possessing an intensely disagreeable odor. It is the type of a series of compounds analogous to the nitrogen compounds called hydrazines. [Written also cacodyle, and kakodyl.]



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