pet rolling

petrol

[pe-truhl]
noun
1.
British, gasoline.
2.
Archaic. petroleum.
verb (used with object), petrolled, petrolling.
3.
British. to clean with gasoline.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Middle French petrole < Medieval Latin petroleum petroleum

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petrol (ˈpɛtrəl)
 
n
US and Canadian name: gasoline any one of various volatile flammable liquid mixtures of hydrocarbons, mainly hexane, heptane, and octane, obtained from petroleum and used as a solvent and a fuel for internal-combustion engines. Usually petrol also contains additives such as antiknock compounds and corrosion inhibitors
 
[C16: via French from Medieval Latin petroleum]

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petrol
1895, "gasoline," from Fr. pétrol (1892); earlier used (1585) in ref. to the unrefined substance, from M.Fr. petrole "petroleum," from O.Fr. (13c.), from M.L. petroleum (see petroleum).
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