noun[mass noun] chiefly North American
A light fuel oil obtained by distilling petroleum, used especially in jet engines and domestic heating boilers; paraffin oil.
- Do not use kerosene or fuel oil emulsions as they can cause undesirable flavors in fish.
- The refinery is the nation's largest producer of gasoline, kerosene and other refined products.
- In the land of oil, they have to queue five hours a day to get kerosene or petrol.
Mid 19th century: from Greek kēros 'wax' (because the solid form of paraffin is wax-like) + -ene.
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