Bakelite /ˈbeɪk(ə)lʌɪt/


I. noun [ mass noun]

‹trademark› an early form of brittle plastic, typically dark brown, made from formaldehyde and phenol, used chiefly for electrical equipment.

[as modifier]

an old Bakelite telephone.
– origin early 20th cent.: named after Leo H. Baekeland (1863–1944), the Belgian-born American chemist who invented it, + -ite1.

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