Kerosene meaning

kĕrə-sēn, kăr-, kĕrə-sēn, kăr-
A thin oil distilled from petroleum or shale oil, used as a fuel, solvent, illuminant, etc.; coal oil.
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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.
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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.
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(Canada, US) A petroleum based thin and colorless fuel; (UK) paraffin.

The kerosene lasted all winter, so the furnace kept us always warm.

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Origin of kerosene

  • Greek kēros wax –ene

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek κηρός (kēros, “wax”) +‎ -ene.

    From Wiktionary