kerosene

[ ker-uh-seen, kar-, ker-uh-seen, kar- ]SEE DEFINITION OF kerosene
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KEROSENE

They were all settin' purrin' in the dark, because they'd forgot to send for any kerosene.

It seemed to her as if the whole world were nothing but kerosene.

She was at the kerosene; oh, it makes me just sick to think of it.

It was believed that this supply had been shipped as kerosene from Saloniki to Piraeus.

The bottle was filled with kerosene, and in a jiffy the box was covered with the flame.

Mabel is at some horrid lighthouse and there is no kerosene, or something.

And there'd been a pile of shavin's there, too, and there'd been kerosene on 'em.

If it is dirty, wipe it with a rag moistened slightly with kerosene.

Kerosene oil is an ideal thinning medium for tube oil colors.

The water, therefore, goes to the bottom and this forces the kerosene up.

WORD ORIGIN

1852, coined irregularly by Canadian geologist Abraham Gesner (1797-1864), who discovered how to distill it c.1846, from Greek keros "wax" + chemical suffix -ene. So called because it contains paraffin (hence the British English name, paraffin oil).

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