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petrolene

[pe-truh-leen]
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noun
  1. any of the constituents of a bitumen, as asphalt, that are soluble in pentane, hexane, or naphthalene.
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Origin of petrolene

First recorded in 1830–40; petrol(eum) + -ene
Also called malthene.
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