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- n. Petroleum jelly (now sold by Unilever) under the trade name Vaseline.
- n. Any petroleum jelly or similar lubricant.
- n. A greenish-yellow coloured glass, or the colouring used in the manufacture of this glass.
- v. To lubricate with vaseline.
Coined by Robert A. Chesebrough around 1870, reputedly from the German "Wasser" (water) plus the Greek "elaion" (oil). (Wiktionary)