|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
petrolatum pet·ro·la·tum (pět'rə-lā'təm)
See petroleum jelly.
translucent, yellowish to amber or white, unctuous substance having almost no odour or taste, derived from petroleum and used principally in medicine and pharmacy as a protective dressing and as a substitute for fats in ointments and cosmetics. It is also used in many types of polishes and in lubricating greases, rust preventives, and modeling clay.
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