This is but-2-yne, which is also known as crotonylene.


This is but-2-enal which is also known as crotonaldehyde.

Coming to my query, what does the word croton indicate? Does it refer to $\ce{CH3-CH=CH-R}$? Can this prefix be used anywhere or only for pre-specified compounds? If it can be used anywhere, then can but-2-en-1-ol be called as crotonalcohol or hydroxycroton?

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    $\begingroup$ Note that the structure of but-2-yne shall be linear. $\endgroup$
    – user7951
    Mar 27, 2018 at 16:51

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As with many chemical compounds (see the large class of terpenes, for instance) "croton" derivatives take their name from the natural source of their "father" compound. They are a family descending from crotonic acid, which was found in the oil from the seeds of the Croton plant.

"Croton" compounds are derivatives of the father compound "crotonic acid" (2-butenoic acid), so you can guess the names of the derived compounds by the logical chemical modifications of such compounds. For instance, as you might guess, crotyl alcohol is But-2-enol, from the reduction of crotonic acid; crotonylene's structure can be imagined with an analogy between acetic acid and acetylene, and so on.

I don't think that nowadays new names for the derivatives could be accepted, but for historical reasons many derivatives have these funny names.

And, knowing the stucture of the father compound, it's easy to imagine the structure of the derived ones.


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