a crystalline cyclic hydrocarbon, CH(CH)CH, a product of coal-tar distillation used in making alizarin dyes and as a detector of radiation
Origin of anthracenefrom Classical Greek anthrax, coal + -ene
A crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon, C14H10, extracted from coal tar and used in the manufacture of dyes and organic chemicals.
Origin of anthraceneGreek anthrax anthrak- charcoal -ene
(countable and uncountable, plural anthracenes)
From Ancient Greek ἄνθραξ (anthraks, “coal”) + -ene.