<chemistry> A silky, crystalline, waxy substance, forming the less soluble part of beeswax, and regarded as a palmitate of a higher alcohol of the paraffin series.

Synonyms: myricyl alcohol.

Origin: Cf. F. Myricine. Prob. So called from a fancied resemblance to the wax of the bayberry (Myrica).

(01 Mar 1998)

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