Variant of paraffin
- a white, waxy, odorless, tasteless solid substance consisting of a mixture of straight-chain, saturated hydrocarbons: it is obtained chiefly from the distillation of petroleum and is used for making candles, sealing preserving jars, waterproofing paper, etc.
- Chem. any alkane
- Brit. kerosene
Origin: Ger from Classical Latin parum, too little plush affinis, akin (see affinity): from its chemical inertness
- paraffinic adjective
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