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carburetor

[kahr-buh-rey-ter, -byuh-] /ˈkɑr bəˌreɪ tər, -byə-/
noun
1.
a device for mixing vaporized fuel with air to produce a combustible or explosive mixture, as for an internal-combustion engine.
Also, carburator, carbureter; especially British, carburettor, carburetter
[kahr-byuh-ret-er] /ˈkɑr byəˌrɛt ər/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; carburet + -or2
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Word Origin and History for carburator

carburetor

n.

device to enhance a gas flame, 1866, from carburet "compound of carbon and another substance" (1795, now displaced by carbide), also used as a verb, "to combine with carbon" (1802); from carb-, comb. form of carbon, + -uret, an archaic suffix formed from Modern Latin -uretum to parallel French words in -ure. Motor vehicle sense is from 1896.

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