coal oil

coal oil

noun Older U.S. Use and Canadian.
1.
petroleum obtained by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism

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coal oil
 
n
1.  (US), (Canadian) petroleum or a refined product from petroleum, esp kerosene
2.  a crude oil produced, together with coal gas, during the distillation of bituminous coal

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