from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trade-name of a material used for protecting iron and steel from rust, consisting of tar from fat gas-producers, refined Trinidad asphalt, and refined asphalt-oil. Sometimes sulphur is used instead of the last two constituents, the gas-tar being heated with it.


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  • One must search long for a dictionary entry containing the phrase "fat gas-producers", as does the one for this word.

    January 3, 2012