- an oily liquid having a burning taste and a penetrating odor, obtained by the distillation of coal and wood tar, used mainly as a preservative for wood and as an antiseptic.
- coal-tar creosote.
- to treat with creosote.
Origin of creosote
Examples from the Web for creosote
Ponds, wetlands, groundwater and soil in and around the site were contaminated through the years with chemicals found in creosote.Our Most Polluted States
The Daily Beast
May 19, 2010
And we was loaded with cement and creosote, and the creosote got loose.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
A pump rattled under it, and the smell of creosote was everywhere.The Cattle-Baron's Daughter
Creosote can be procured in large or small quantities from a number of concerns.Shelters, Shacks and Shanties
Creosote will keep them off, but the remedy is as bad as the disease.
There is no deception about it: it tastes of tannin and spruce and creosote.In the Wilderness
Charles Dudley Warner
- a colourless or pale yellow liquid mixture with a burning taste and penetrating odour distilled from wood tar, esp from beechwood, contains creosol and other phenols, and is used as an antiseptic
- Also called: coal-tar creosote a thick dark liquid mixture prepared from coal tar, containing phenols: used as a preservative for wood
- to treat (wood) with creosote
Word Origin and History for creosote
1835, from German Kreosot, coined 1832 by its discoverer, German-born natural philosopher Carl Ludwig, Baron Reichenbach (1788-1869), from Greek kreo-, comb. form of kreas "flesh" (see raw) + soter "preserver," from soizein "save, preserve." So called because it was used as an antiseptic.
- A yellow or brown oily liquid obtained from coal tar and used as a wood preservative and disinfectant.
- A colorless to yellowish oily liquid containing phenols, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood tar, especially from the wood of a beech, and formerly used as an expectorant in treating chronic bronchitis.