a colorless hydrocarbon, CHCHCH(CH), occurring in three isomeric forms (orthocymene, metacymene, and paracymene), derived from toluene: the most common form, paracymene, is found in the oil of certain plants, as cumin and wild thyme, and is used in paints and solvents
Origin of cymenefrom Classical Greek kyminon: see cumin
- Any of three colorless liquid isomeric aromatic hydrocarbons, C10H14, used in the manufacture of synthetic resins and other organic synthesis.
- The para-isomer of cymene, which occurs naturally in essential oils, especially of cumin and thyme.
Origin of cymeneFrench cymène from Greek kumīnon cumin ; see cumin .