[Arab. from benzoin.] A compound of carbon and hydrogen discovered by Faraday. It occurs amongst the products of the distillation of many organic bodies, but its chief source is coal-tar. It is a thin, limpid, colorless liquid, emitting a pleasant odor. It dissolves easily in alcohol, ether, turpentine, and wood spirit, but is insoluble in water. It is of value from its great power of dissolving gutta-percha, wax, camphor, and fatty bodies. Impure benzene is used for removing grease stains from silk or woollen articles of dress.