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petrol

[pe-truh l] /ˈpɛ trəl/
noun
1.
British, gasoline.
2.
Archaic. petroleum.
verb (used with object), petrolled, petrolling.
3.
British. to clean with gasoline.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French petrole < Medieval Latin petroleum petroleum
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petrol

/ˈpɛtrəl/
noun
1.
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 US and Canadian name gasoline
Word Origin
C16: via French from Medieval Latin petroleum
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Word Origin and History for pet-rolling

petrol

n.

"gasoline," 1895, from French pétrol (1892); earlier used (1580s) in reference to the unrefined substance, from Middle French petrole "petroleum," from Old French (13c.), from Medieval Latin petroleum (see petroleum).

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