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coal oil

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noun Older U.S. Use and Canadian.
  1. petroleum obtained by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal.
  2. kerosene.
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Origin of coal oil

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Related Words

crude, oil, petroleum, petrol

Examples from the Web for coal oil

Historical Examples

  • There was the sickening and suggestive smell of coal-oil in the air.

    Harper's Young People, August 31, 1880


  • They were all of wood—heated by soft-coal stoves and lighted by coal-oil lamps.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • From the United States are purchased wheat, cotton, and coal-oil.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • He held these cards close to a coal-oil lamp and studied their backs.

  • One of them left a heavy can of coal-oil behind him upright in the middle of the road.

    Back Home

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for coal oil

coal oil

  1. US and Canadian petroleum or a refined product from petroleum, esp kerosene
  2. a crude oil produced, together with coal gas, during the distillation of bituminous coal
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