from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to resemble petroleum; confer the character or properties of petroleum upon.
  • To treat with petroleum; specifically, to spread petroleum on (water which contains mosquito larvæ); kill by means of petroleum, as the larvæ of mosquitos.
  • To burn (a building) by means of petroleum, as in Paris during the supremacy of the commune in 1871.


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