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white spirit

a colourless liquid obtained from petroleum and used as a substitute for turpentine
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  • There was only one thing that could be loved—that white spirit.

  • He was described in them as "the star of the prairie," as "the light of the steppe," or "the white spirit of the desert."

  • His white spirit is still said to haunt Fuji-yama when the moon shines brightly.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Yes, I saw; and she turned to a white spirit—yes, white spirit—and she comes to see me—no: does she?

    Sweet Mace George Manville Fenn
  • The "white spirit" is not Ahura-mazda, and the "dark spirit" is not a hostile intelligence.

  • Through it all she sat immovable, a slim, white spirit in the dusk that no man might question or read.

  • After they have been removed, the gilt or bronzed portions must be treated with a protecting coat of white spirit varnish.

  • He failed not to see the white spirit seated by her accustomed haunt, and singing in her usual low and sweet tone.

    The Monastery Sir Walter Scott
  • She was like a white spirit fluttering hither and thither, a symbol of the new life that was stirring in the land.

    The White Queen of Okoyong W.P. Livingstone
  • It is said also that alone among men living, he has seen the white spirit: the Inkosazana.

    The Ghost Kings H. Rider Haggard

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