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crude oil

noun
1.
petroleum as it comes from the ground, before refining.
Also called crude, crude petroleum.
Origin of crude oil
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65
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  • It had required Sam's reference to gas and crude oil to close the circuit.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Is this patent of yours on a process of making gas from crude oil?

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • A drill-boring was made, and I was shown a sample of the crude oil.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Since 1859 it has produced more than forty million gallons of crude oil.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • He believed it might be duplicated from crude oil, properly refined.

British Dictionary definitions for crude oil

crude oil

noun
1.
petroleum before it has been refined
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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crude oil in Science
crude oil
  (krd)   
Unrefined petroleum.
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