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ozocerite

[oh-zoh-kuh-rahyt, -suh-rahyt, oh-zoh-seer-ahyt] /oʊˈzoʊ kəˌraɪt, -səˌraɪt, ˌoʊ zoʊˈsɪər aɪt/
noun
1.
a waxlike mineral resin; mineral wax.
Also, ozokerite
[oh-zoh-kuh-rahyt, oh-zoh-keer-ahyt] /oʊˈzoʊ kəˌraɪt, ˌoʊ zoʊˈkɪər aɪt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < German Ozokerit < Greek ozo- ozo- + kēr(ós) wax + German -it -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for ozocerite

ozocerite

/əʊˈzəʊkəˌraɪt/
noun
1.
a brown or greyish wax that occurs associated with petroleum and is used for making candles and wax paper Also called earth wax, mineral wax
Word Origin
C19: from German Ozokerit, from Greek ozein to smell + kēros beeswax
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Encyclopedia Article for ozocerite

ceresine

(from Greek ozokeros, "odoriferous wax"), naturally occurring, light yellow to dark brown mineral wax composed principally of solid paraffinic hydrocarbons (compounds chiefly of hydrogen and carbon atoms linked in chains). Ozokerite usually occurs as thin stringers and veins filling rock fractures in areas of mountain building. It is believed to have been deposited when the petroleum containing it percolated through the rock fissures; in Utah, U.S., this process is exposed in fissures cut by mine drifts. Large deposits occur in Galicia (in modern Poland), Romania, Utah, and elsewhere.

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