benzine

[ben-zeen, ben-zeen]
noun
a colorless, volatile, flammable, liquid mixture of various hydrocarbons, obtained in the distillation of petroleum, and used in cleaning, dyeing, etc.
Also, benzin [ben-zin] .


Origin:
1850–55; benz- + -ine2

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benzine or benzin (ˈbɛnziːn, bɛnˈziːn, ˈbɛnzɪn)
 
n
ligroin See petroleum ether a volatile mixture of the lighter aliphatic hydrocarbon constituents of petroleum
 
benzin or benzin
 
n

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benzine ben·zine (běn'zēn', běn-zēn') or ben·zin (běn'zĭn)
n.

  1. A colorless, flammable, liquid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained in distilling petroleum, used in cleaning and dyeing and as a motor fuel; naphtha. Also called petroleum benzin.

  2. See benzene.

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Benzine is a mixture of aromatic hydrocarbons of similar boiling points derived from petroleum.
It is poisonous if swallowed, but it is not carcinogenic, as is the benzine in gasoline.
Clean greasy or oily surfaces with benzine or mineral spirits.
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