the homologous series of saturated, aliphatic hydrocarbons having the general formula C n H 2n+2 , as methane, CH 4 , or ethane, C 2 H 6 .
a European plant, Alkanna tinctoria, of the borage family. the root of this plant, yielding a red dye. the dye itself. any of several similar hairy plants, as the bugloss, Anchusa officinalis, or a puccoon of the genus Lithospermum. Historical Examples The alkanet is an erect, hairy plant, which is not quite so bristly as […]
any compound containing an alkyl group joined to a mercapto group, as methyl mercaptan or methanethiol, CH 3 SH.
a dark red, amorphous, water-insoluble powder, C 16 H 16 O 5 , obtained from the root of the alkanet: used chiefly for coloring fats, oils, and pharmaceuticals.
. alkapton al·kap·ton or al·cap·ton (āl-kāp’tŏn’, -tən) n. See homogentisic acid.