from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as coal-tar.


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  • In the 19th century, rivers near coal-fired factories were thick with a sludge called coal-tar or gas-tar, an unfortunate byproduct.

    It's Better for Whose Environment?

  • In "Das Kapital," he wrote, "The most striking instance of the utilization of waste was furnished by the chemical industry ... [which] converts the formerly almost useless gas-tar into aniline colors."

    It's Better for Whose Environment?

  • Yet the language so lovely! like the dyes from gas-tar.

    "When I Read Shakespeare"

  • -- Dandelions on lawns, etc., may be killed by cutting them down as low as possible, and putting a little gas-tar or a pinch of salt on the wound.

    Gardening for the Million

  • Syringe the plant all over repeatedly with gas-tar water, or with tobacco or lime-water.

    Gardening for the Million

  • Deep cavities caused by rot are cleaned out, disinfected with bordeaux mixture, gas-tar, or other material, and the place filled completely with cement.

    The Apple-Tree The Open Country Books—No. 1

  • At the same time, apply gas-tar or coal-tar to the trunk from the roots to a foot or more above the surface of the ground.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

  • Moreover the raw materials on which it depended, namely, gas-tar products, were to be had in greater abundance in England than anywhere else.

    Science and Morals and Other Essays

  • He had just taken the degree of Doctor of Science in London University, and was on the eve of abandoning the adopted country of his parents for a position in the research laboratories of the Badische company, where he would be one among a number of chemists, running into hundreds, all engaged in research on gas-tar products.

    Science and Morals and Other Essays

  • The products of gas-tar alone should greatly regenerate a something time-worn poetic phraseology.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, November 26, 1892


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