from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trade-name of a gaseous mixture obtained by Tobianski, in Belgium, by burning garbage, rags, sawdust, waste paper, etc., in a specially constructed furnace with limited access of air, and carrying the smoke through a tower containing coke or some other porous absorbent soaked with naphtha or alcohol. It is proposed to use the product as a source of heat, light, and mechanical or electrical energy.


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