From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Xylene \Xy"lene\, n. [Gr. xy`lon wood.] (Chem.)
   Any of a group of three metameric hydrocarbons of the
   aromatic series, found in coal and wood tar, and so named
   because found in crude wood spirit. They are colorless, oily,
   inflammable liquids, C6H4.(CH3)2, being dimethyl benzenes,
   and are called respectively orthoxylene, metaxylene, and
   paraxylene. Called also xylol.
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   Note: Each of these xylenes is the nucleus and prototype of a
         distinct series of compounds.
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