methane
Pronunciation
  • (RP) enPR: mēth'ān IPA: /ˈmiːθeɪn/
  • (America, Canada) enPR: mĕth'ān, IPA: /ˈmɛθeɪn/
Noun

methane

  1. (organic compound, uncountable) The simplest aliphatic hydrocarbon, CH₄, being a constituent of natural gas, and one of the most abundant greenhouse gases.
    Synonyms: methyl hydride, carbon tetrahydride
    Hypernyms: greenhouse gas
    Cattle emit a large amount of methane.
  2. (organic chemistry, countable) Any of very many derivatives of methane.
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