Definition of petroleum in English:

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petroleum

Pronunciation: /pəˈtrōlēəm/

noun

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.
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.

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Latin petra 'rock' (from Greek) + Latin oleum 'oil'.

Words that rhyme with petroleum

linoleum

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pe·tro·le·um

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