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paraffin US English

A flammable, whitish, translucent, waxy solid consisting of a mixture of saturated hydrocarbons, obtained by distillation from petroleum or shale and used in candles, cosmetics, polishes, and sealing and waterproofing compounds

paraffin test US English

A forensic test to indicate whether a person has recently fired a gun, in which the person's hand is coated in hot paraffin wax which cools and sets and is peeled off and tested for the presence of residue from the gun.

liquid paraffin US English

A colorless, odorless oily liquid consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum, used as a laxative

paraffin paper US English

Paper that has been made airtight or waterproof by treatment with paraffin wax.

paraffin series US English

The series of paraffins; the alkane series.

paraffin oil in paraffin US English

A colorless, flammable, oily liquid similarly obtained and used as fuel, especially kerosene