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 cymene; from 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 kum&imacron;non, cumin; see cumin.