It was at this point that Janet made off in the direction of the paraffin barrel.
paraffin wax does in some situations, but is not a very tractable medium.
Before you do that, Mr. Cunningham, will you describe briefly the procedure on a paraffin test?
We lighted the paraffin flare; supped on sandwiches and oily tea.
On it a paraffin lamp without a globe shed a hard glare on the three inner sides.
The necessity for this coating of sulphur or paraffin you will understand by an experiment.
A paraffin container of the type used by oyster dealers for the delivery of oysters will be found inexpensive and easily handled.
The hot water will heat the turpentine, and the turpentine will melt the paraffin.
The Captain groaned, but what he said more Julia did not hear; she went out into the kitchen to get paraffin.
The paraffin must be removed by toluol before proceeding further.
1838, from German Paraffin, coined c.1830 by German chemist Karl von Reichenbach (1788-1869), who first obtained it as a waxy substance from wood tar, irregularly from Latin parum "not very, too little," probably related to parvus "little, small" (see parvi-) + affinis "associated with" (see affinity).
So called because paraffin is chemically not closely related to other substances. The liquid form (originally parafin oil) Reichenbach called eupion, but this was the standard meaning of paraffin in English by 1860.