Definition of ozokerite in English:


Line breaks: ozo|ker¦ite
Pronunciation: /əʊˈzəʊkərʌɪt
, -sərʌɪt, ˌəʊzə(ʊ)ˈsɪərʌɪt


[mass 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.


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

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