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


Greek ozein, to smell + Greek k─ôros, wax + -ite1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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