Definition of melissyl alcohol in English:

melissyl alcohol


  • (Originally) any of several mixtures of straight-chain primary alcohols obtained from beeswax and other waxes and containing between 30 and 34 carbon atoms; (now usually) specifically n -triacontanol, CH ₃ (CH ₂) ₂₈ CH ₂ OH; also called myricyl alcohol.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Roscoe (1833–1915), chemist and university administrator.