A liquid mixture of hydrocarbons that is present in certain rock strata and can be extracted and refined to produce fuels including gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil; oil.
More example sentences
- Liquid paraffin is a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum.
- Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid hydrocarbon derived from petroleum.
- Eocene formations are important source or reservoir rocks for petroleum or gas in several parts of the world.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Latin petra 'rock' (from Greek) + Latin oleum 'oil'.
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