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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Chloral  \Chlo"ral\,  n.  [Chlorine  +  alcohol.] 
  1.  (Chem.)  A  colorless  oily  liquid,  {CCl3.CHO},  of  a  pungent 
  odor  and  harsh  taste,  obtained  by  the  action  of  chlorine 
  upon  ordinary  or  ethyl  alcohol. 
  2.  (Med.)  Chloral  hydrate. 
  {Chloral  hydrate},  a  white  crystalline  substance,  obtained  by 
  treating  chloral  with  water.  It  produces  sleep  when  taken 
  internally  or  hypodermically;  --  called  also  {chloral}.