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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ethylene  \Eth"yl*ene\  (-[=e]n),  n.  [From  {Ethyl}.]  (Chem.) 
  A  colorless,  gaseous  hydrocarbon,  {C2H4},  forming  an 
  important  ingredient  of  illuminating  gas,  and  also  obtained 
  by  the  action  of  concentrated  sulphuric  acid  in  alcohol.  It 
  is  an  unsaturated  compound  and  combines  directly  with 
  chlorine  and  bromine  to  form  oily  liquids  (Dutch  liquid),  -- 
  hence  called  {olefiant  gas}.  Called  also  {ethene},  {elayl}, 
  and  formerly,  {bicarbureted  hydrogen}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ethylene 
  n  :  a  flammable  colorless  gaseous  alkene;  obtained  from 
  petroleum  and  natural  gas  and  used  in  manufacturing  many 
  other  chemicals  [syn:  {ethene}] 




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