from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any volatile illuminating oil, as the lighter petroleums (naphtha, benzine), or oil of turpentine (camphine), but esp. a mixture of the latter with alcohol.
  • n. See under Burning, Elastic, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very explosive illuminating liquid, consisting of a mixture of about 3 volumes of alcohol and 1 of camphene or purified turpentine-oil, burned in lamps specially constructed for the purpose, but superseded by petroleum after a few years' use.


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