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paraffin or (less commonly) paraffine (ˈpærəfɪn, ˈpærəˌfiːn)
 
n
1.  paraffin oil, Also called: 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.  See paraffin wax
4.  See liquid paraffin
 
vb
5.  to treat with paraffin or paraffin wax
 
[C19: from German, from Latin parum too little + affinis adjacent; so called from its chemical inertia]
 
paraffine or (less commonly) paraffine
 
n
 
vb
 
[C19: from German, from Latin parum too little + affinis adjacent; so called from its chemical inertia]

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Example sentences
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.
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