a thin oil distilled from petroleum or shale oil, used as a fuel, solvent, illuminant, etc.; coal oil
also, esp. in scientific and industrial usage, sp. ker′o·sine·
Origin of keroseneClassical Greek k?ros, wax + -ene
A thin oil distilled from petroleum or shale oil, used as a fuel for heating and cooking, in lamps, and as a denaturant for alcohol. Also called coal oil .
Origin of keroseneGreek kēros wax -ene
(countable and uncountable, plural kerosenes)
From Ancient Greek κηρός (kēros, “wax”) + -ene.