- petroleum obtained by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal.
Origin of coal oil
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for coal oil
There was the sickening and suggestive smell of coal-oil in the air.
They were all of wood—heated by soft-coal stoves and lighted by coal-oil lamps.In a Little Town
From the United States are purchased wheat, cotton, and coal-oil.Commercial Geography
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He held these cards close to a coal-oil lamp and studied their backs.The Lone Ranger Rides
One of them left a heavy can of coal-oil behind him upright in the middle of the road.Back Home
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- US and Canadian petroleum or a refined product from petroleum, esp kerosene
- a crude oil produced, together with coal gas, during the distillation of bituminous coal
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