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coal oil

noun, Older U.S. Use and Canadian.
petroleum obtained by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal.
Origin of coal oil
1855-60, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Historical Examples
  • We were fed, in relays, by the flickering light of a coal-oil lamp.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • From the United States are purchased wheat, cotton, and coal-oil.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • A small coloured boy stood patiently by the stove waiting for his coal-oil can to be filled.

    The Little Colonel at Boarding-School Annie Fellows Johnston
  • He held these cards close to a coal-oil lamp and studied their backs.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • He lit the coal-oil stove upon the cooking-stand, heated water, and shaved.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • These drugs, products of coal-oil distillation, are powerful depressants.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Two or three coal-oil stoves were used to heat the cave and for cooking purposes.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow George Barr McCutcheon
  • Their ship was from America and was bound for Hongkong with coal-oil.

    The Black-Bearded Barbarian (George Leslie Mackay) Mary Esther Miller MacGregor, AKA Marion Keith
  • One of them left a heavy can of coal-oil behind him upright in the middle of the road.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • The other girls laughed but then they had never cleaned lampwicks nor had coal-oil soaked into the pores of their hands!

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for coal-oil

coal oil

(US & Canadian) petroleum or a refined product from petroleum, esp kerosene
a crude oil produced, together with coal gas, during the distillation of bituminous coal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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