a colorless, crystalline hydrocarbon, CH, an isomer of the anthracene present in coal tar, used in making dyes, explosives, etc.
Origin of phenanthrenefrom phen- + anthr(ac)ene
A colorless aromatic crystalline hydrocarbon, C14H10, obtained by fractional distillation of coal-tar oils and used in dyes, drugs, and explosives.
Origin of phenanthrenephen(o)- anthr(ac)ene
(countable and uncountable, plural phenanthrenes)
From phen(o)-- +"Ž anthr(ac)ene.