Definitions

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  • n. A clear oily liquid obtained by the destructive distillation of various vegetable and animal substances; specifically, an oil consisting largely of the higher hydrocarbons of the paraffin series.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A limpid, oily liquid obtained by the destructive distillation of various vegetable and animal substances; -- specifically, an oil consisting largely of the higher hydrocarbons of the paraffin series.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek, from words meaning "well" and "fat". (Wiktionary)

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