Definition of Sterno in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈstəːnəʊ


[mass noun] US trademark
  • Flammable hydrocarbon jelly supplied in cans for use as fuel for cooking stoves.
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    • Fondue pots are made to sit over a little can of fuel called Sterno.
    • Of course my hopes that this was the end to the whole business were dashed when E. stashed me in a plywood hunting blind with a can of Sterno and some matches and said he'd be back when he heard me shoot.
    • I bought some Sterno and some canned dog food, matches, instant coffee… where are we going with this?


early 20th century: from the name of Sternau and Co., New York, + -o.

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