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kerosene Line breaks: kero|sene
Pronunciation: /ˈkɛrəsiːn/
(also kerosine)

Definition of kerosene in English:


[mass noun] chiefly North American
A light fuel oil obtained by distilling petroleum, used especially in jet engines and domestic heating boilers; paraffin oil.
Example sentences
  • 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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