maltol [mawl-tawl, -tol] Word Origin noun Chemistry.

  1. a crystalline compound, C6H6O3, obtained from larch bark, pine needles, chicory, or roasted malt, used for enhancing flavors and aromas, as in foods, wines, and perfumes.

Origin of maltol First recorded in 1890–95; malt + -ol1 Also called larixinic acid.

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