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 History of this Word

"yl" is from "hl" (wood or matter) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
sulfonyl
propinyl
phenyl
hydroxyl

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-yl" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates a chemical group. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-yl illustration Infants born to women who ingested methyl mercury exhibited mental retardation.
-yl illustration I found an epoxy that says it sticks to both glass and vinyl.