a colorless, liquid, flammable, poisonous hydrocarbon, CHCH, obtained originally from balsam of Tolu but now generally from coal tar or petroleum, and used in making dyes, explosives, etc. and as a solvent
Origin of toluenetolu + (benz)ene
A colorless flammable aromatic liquid, C7H8, obtained from coal tar or petroleum and used in aviation fuel and other high-octane fuels, in dyestuffs, explosives, and as a solvent for gums and lacquers. Also called methylbenzene.
Origin of toluenetolu (from which it was originally obtained) + –ene.