American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A yellow-brown to black or green hydrocarbon wax, found in irregular veins in sandstones and used in making electrical insulation and polishes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mixture of natural paraffins existing in the bituminous sandstones of coal-measures. It is like resinous wax in consistence and translucency, of a brown or brownish-yellow color, and of a pleasantly aromatic odor. In Moldavia it occnrs in sufficient quantities to be used for economic purposes, and it is made into candles. A related resin is found in considerable quantities in southern Utah. Also called
mineral tallowand mineral wax.
- To treat with ozocerite or native paraffin.
- n. mineralogy A dark waxy mineral, found associated with petroleum in some sandstones, used to make polishes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) A waxlike mineral resin; -- sometimes called
native paraffin, and mineral wax.
- n. a waxy mineral that is a mixture of hydrocarbons and occurs in association with petroleum; some varieties are used in making ceresin and candles
- Greek ozein, to smell + Greek kēros, wax + -ite1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A native mineral paraffine, known as ozocerite, is mined in Utah and Galicia; it is used as an insulating material.”
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