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fossil fuel

noun, Energy.
any combustible organic material, as oil, coal, or natural gas, derived from the remains of former life. Unabridged
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  • George Ingram had made a thorough study of coal, or fossil fuel, its formation and value.

    The Harris-Ingram Experiment Charles E. Bolton
  • We can hardly estimate the value of these great stores of fossil fuel to an industrial civilization.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
British Dictionary definitions for fossil fuel

fossil fuel

any naturally occurring carbon or hydrocarbon fuel, such as coal, petroleum, peat, and natural gas, formed by the decomposition of prehistoric organisms
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fossil fuel in Science
fossil fuel  
A hydrocarbon deposit, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas, derived from the accumulated remains of ancient plants and animals and used as fuel. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by burning fossil fuels are considered to be one of the principal causes of global warming.
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