American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A colorless to yellowish oily liquid containing phenols and creosols, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood tar, especially from the wood of a beech, and formerly used as an expectorant in treating chronic bronchitis.
- n. A yellowish to greenish-brown oily liquid containing phenols and creosols, obtained from coal tar and used as a wood preservative and disinfectant. It can cause severe neurological disturbances if inhaled in strong concentrations.
- v. To treat or paint with creosote.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A substance first prepared from wood-tar, from which it is separated by repeated solution in potash, treatment with acids, and distillation. It is also obtained from crude pyroligneous acid. In a pure state it is oily, heavy, colorless, refracts light powerfully, and has a sweetish, burning taste, and a strong smell as of peat-smoke or smoked meat. It is so powerful an antiseptic that meat will not putrefy after being plunged into a solution of one per cent. of creosote. Wood treated with it is not subject to dry-rot or other decay. It has been used in surgery and medicine as an antiseptic with great success, but it is now almost superseded by the cheaper and equally efficient carbolic acid. It is often added to whisky, to give it the peat-reek flavor. Also written kreosote, kreasote.
- To apply creosote or a solution of creosote to; treat with creosote: as, to creosote wood to prevent its decay.
- n. A pale yellow oily liquid, containing phenols and similar compounds, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood tar, once used medicinally.
- n. A similar brown liquid obtained from coal tar used as a wood preservative.
- n. uncountable The creosote bush.
- v. To apply creosote.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) Wood-tar oil; an oily antiseptic liquid, of a burning smoky taste, colorless when pure, but usually colored yellow or brown by impurity or exposure. It is a complex mixture of various phenols and their ethers, and is obtained by the distillation of wood tar, especially that of beechwood.
- v. To saturate or impregnate with creosote, as timber, for the prevention of decay.
- v. treat with creosote
- n. a dark oily liquid obtained by distillation of coal tar; used as a preservative for wood
- n. a colorless or yellowish oily liquid obtained by distillation of wood tar; used as an antiseptic
- From German Kreosot, from kreas ("flesh") + soter ("preserver"). (Wiktionary)
- German Kreosot : Greek kreas, flesh; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots + Greek sōtēr, preserver (from sōzein, to save; see teuə- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“American manufacturer, and one of unknown origin, but sold as beech-wood creosote (German), and each proved to be _pure wood creosote_.”
“That, in turn, can create a big problem, especially if the chimney is lined with creosote, which is combustible, the National Association of State Fire Marshals cautions.”
“The view from this window was of Mad Uncle Jack's tree house, built entirely of dried fish and covered in creosote.”
“- The chimney must be cleaned regularly because a black, sticky substance called creosote condenses inside the chimney.”
“He said there were concerns about the toxic oil pitch known as creosote that the railroad used to weatherproof the structure.”
“The creosote is the most drought-tolerant perennial plant in North America.”
“A substance, derived from the wood called creosote, is used to help human and animal medicinal causes.”
“It is different than the more commonly known coal tar creosote, which is made of petrochemicals and is the world's most widely used wood preservative, applied to power poles, railroad ties and bridge timbers.”
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“Species range from drought-resistant shrubs such as creosote bush Larrea tridentata and prickly pear Opuntia spp., sotol Dasilyrion wheeleri and Agave spp. to walnut Juglans spp., hackberry Celtis spp., oak Quercus spp. and soapberry trees Sapindus spp. in the richer soil of the canyons.”
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