Definition of acrylic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈkrɪlɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkrɪlɪk//
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made of a substance produced by chemical processes from a type of acid acrylic paints/fibres an acrylic sweater Word Originmid 19th cent.: from the liquid aldehyde acrolein (from Latin acer, acri- ‘pungent’ + ol(eum) ‘oil’ + -in) + -yl + -ic.
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