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  • noun Alternative spelling of paraffin.


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  • Among the many curious substances that wonderful fluid contains is the beautiful wax-like body called paraffine, the development of which chiefly owes its origin to the genius and energy of Mr. James Young.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884

  • Here, too, is that curious substance called paraffine, and some paraffine candles, made of paraffine obtained from the bogs of Ireland.

    The Chemical History of a Candle

  • This feature may be easily observed with an ordinary induction coil by taking the primary out, plugging up the end of the tube upon which the secondary is wound, and filling it with some fairly transparent insulator, such as paraffine oil.

    Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency

  • Behind me the paraffine lamp flared hot and ruddy.

    The Island of Doctor Moreau

  • “Not I,” said I, and sat grimly watching his face under the yellow paraffine flare, as he drank himself into a garrulous misery.

    The Island of Doctor Moreau

  • It must be paraffine on his trousers that had caught fire on the stairs.

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • He lit a pool of paraffine on the scullery floor, and instantly

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • He must light the fire in the coal cellar under the stairs, open the back door, then come up them very quickly and light the paraffine puddles on each step, then sit down here again and cut his throat.

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • He cleared out the coals from under the staircase, and built a neat fire of firewood and paper there, he splashed about paraffine and arranged the lamps and can even as he had designed, and made a fine inflammable pile of things in the little parlour behind the shop.

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • “Whuff!” went the can of paraffine below, and boiled over with stinking white fire.

    The History of Mr. Polly


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