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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flammable gaseous fraction of petroleum, consisting chiefly of butane.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A highly volatile liquid, condensed by cold and pressure from the first products of the distillation of petroleum; used for producing low temperatures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A highly volatile liquid, condensed by cold and pressure from the first products of the distillation of petroleum; -- used for producing low temperatures.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mixture of very volatile hydrocarbons found in crude petroleum.
  • n. This very volatile product, obtainable at the beginning of the distillation of crude petroleum, boils under ordinary pressure at 0┬░ C. (32┬░ F.), and consists chiefly of normal butane, C4H10. Also chymogene.

Etymologies

cym(ene) + -gene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • A volatile, flammable petroleum distillate containing a large percentage of butane. (Dictionary.Com)

    May 28, 2008