mineral spirits

noun
a volatile distillation product of petroleum, used as a thinner for paints and varnishes. Compare naphtha ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1885–90

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Main Entry:  mineral spirits
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a refined distillate of petroleum used as a paint thinner; also called white spirits
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Both ingredients are flammable and toxic, although mineral spirits are of a lower toxicity.
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