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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NAPHTHA

Another of the most important groups of Russian industries is that of naphtha.

Chloroform, benzene, and naphtha are used on ordinary silks and linens.

For what are aniline, paraffine, naphtha, and carbolic acid used?

About four, he asked for naphtha, but the last syllable died on his tongue.

The place reeks of naphtha, human flesh, bad language, and good-nature.

Brings the smell of naphtha from those works half a mile away.

His overcoat was a specious covering, and was not infrequently odorous of naphtha.

I suppose we can send the naphtha launch for him if we stop, can't we?'

Wells are also dug in that neighbourhood, in which the naphtha is collected.

The application of naphtha to its preservation I have already mentioned.

WORD ORIGIN

inflammable liquid distilled from petroleum, 1570s, from Latin, from Greek naphtha "bitumen," perhaps from Persian neft "pitch," or Aramaic naphta, nephta, but these could as well be from Greek. In Middle English as napte (late 14c.), from Old French napte, but the modern word is a re-introduction.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR NAPHTHA

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