from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dark waxy mineral, found associated with petroleum in some sandstones, used to make polishes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A waxlike mineral resin; -- sometimes called native paraffin, and mineral wax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mixture of natural paraffins existing in the bituminous sandstones of coal-measures.
- To treat with ozocerite or native paraffin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
A native mineral paraffine, known as ozocerite, is mined in Utah and Galicia; it is used as an insulating material.