Origin of keroseneClassical Greek k?ros, wax + -ene
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·
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
A thin, light-colored oil that is a mixture of hydrocarbons derived from petroleum. The hydrocarbons in kerosene contain between 11 and 12 carbon atoms. Kerosene is used as a fuel in lamps, home heaters and furnaces, and jet engines.
(countable and uncountable, plural kerosenes)
From Ancient Greek κηρός (kēros, “wax”) + -ene.
- My prison had only a kerosene lamp for light.
- Kerosene shale (torbanite) is found in several parts of New South Wales.
- The manufacturing industries of Peru are confined chiefly to the treatment of agricultural and mineral products - the manufacture of sugar and rum from sugar cane, textiles from cotton and wool, wine and spirits from grapes, cigars and cigarettes from tobacco, chocolate from cacao, kerosene and benzine from crude petroleum, cocaine from coca, and refined metals from their ores.
- The refined oil is exported as kerosene or petroleum, the heavier refuse (mazut) is used as fuel.
- To illuminating oil or kerosene a series of tests is applied in order that the colour, odour, specific gravity and flash-point or fire-test may be recorded.