ACRYLIC (ə-krĭl'ĭk) adjective
1. of or derived from acrylic acid.
2. acrylic fiber.
3. acrylic resin.
4. a paint, prepared especially for artists, in which an acrylic resin serves as a vehicle.
5. a painting done with this type of paint
Word Origin and History for acrylicExpand
1855 - 1860, "of or containing acryl," name of a radical fromacrolein (1843),
the name of a liquid in onions and garlic that makes eyes tear,
from Latin acer "sharp"(see acrid ) + olere "to smell" (see odor ) + -in (see -ine (2)).
With adjectival suffix + -ic. Modern sensesoften short for acrylic fiber, acrylic resin, etc.
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