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paraffine

[par-uh-fin, -feen] /ˈpær ə fɪn, -ˌfin/
noun
1.
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Examples from the web for paraffine
  • Line two and one-half inch flower-pots with paraffine paper.
  • The fibre should be soaked in hot paraffine and then hot-calendered or hot-pressed.
  • The fractional distillation of crude oils produces either paraffine or naphthene.
  • Corks are made both air-tight and water-tight by being plunged in melted paraffine and kept there for about five min utes.
British Dictionary definitions for paraffine

paraffin

/ˈpærəfɪn/
noun
1.
Also called paraffin oil, (esp US and Canadian) kerosene. a liquid mixture consisting mainly of alkane hydrocarbons with boiling points in the range 150°–300°C, used as an aircraft fuel, in domestic heaters, and as a solvent
2.
another name for alkane
3.
verb (transitive)
5.
to treat with paraffin or paraffin wax
Word Origin
C19: from German, from Latin parum too little + affinis adjacent; so called from its chemical inertia
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