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



    BrE BrE//əˈkrɪlɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkrɪlɪk//
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a type of fibre produced by chemical processes, used to make clothes, etc.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] a type of paint used by artists
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from the liquid aldehyde acrolein (from Latin acer, acri- ‘pungent’ + ol(eum) ‘oil’ + -in) + -yl + -ic.
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