any of three isomeric, colorless hydrocarbons, CH, having the characteristics of benzene and derived from coal tar, wood tar, and petroleum: used as solvents, antiseptics, etc.
Origin of xylenexyl(o)- + -ene
- Any of three colorless flammable isomeric benzene derivatives, C8H10, obtained from wood and coal tar.
- A mixture of xylene isomers used as a solvent in making lacquers and rubber cement and as an aviation fuel.
From Ancient Greek Î¾ÏÎ»Î¿Î½ (ksulon, “wood") + -ene.