Definition of ozocerite in English:

ozocerite

Syllabification: o·zo·ce·rite
Pronunciation: /ōˈzōkəˌrīt, -səˌrit, ˌōzōˈsirīt
 
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(also ozokerite)

noun

  • A brown or black paraffin wax occurring naturally in some shales and sandstones and formerly used in candles, polishes, and electrical insulation.
    More example sentences
    • Ceresine Waxes typically melt between 130-160 degrees Fahrenheit, while Ozokerite Waxes generally melt at the higher range of 140-200 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • The oil field in Upper Cretaceous sandstones at Teapot Dome was discovered in the 1880’s based on surface occurrences of a waxy hydrocarbon, ‘ozokerite’, within calcite-lined fractures.

Origin

mid 19th century: from German Ozokerit, from Greek ozein 'to smell' + kēros 'wax'.

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