The pear flavor, amyl acetate, is made from acetic acid and amyl alcohol—though amyl alcohol (fusel oil) has a detestable smell.
Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
another name (no longer in technical usage) for pentyl acetate
- Amyl alcohol
a colorless liquid, C 5 H 12 O, consisting of a mixture of two or more isomeric alcohols, derived from the pentanes, and used as a solvent and intermediate for organic synthesis: the main component of fusel oil. Historical Examples It is insoluble in ether and in absolute alcohol, and not readily soluble in amyl […]
- Amyl group
any of several univalent, isomeric groups having the formula C 5 H 11 –, whose derivatives are found in fusel oil, fruit extracts, etc.
- Amyl nitrite
a yellowish, fragrant, flammable liquid, C 5 H 11 NO 2 , used in medicine chiefly as a vasodilator, especially in the treatment of angina pectoris: misused by inhalation as a stimulant, especially of sexual sensation. Contemporary Examples With the president surrounded by “a fast Hollywood crowd,” someone offered him amyl nitrite, or “poppers.” Intern’s […]
- Amyl propionate
a colorless liquid, C 8 H 16 O 2 , having an applelike odor, used chiefly as a scent in the manufacture of flavorings and perfume.