coal oil

noun Older U.S. Use and Canadian.

petroleum obtained by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal.

Origin of coal oil

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coal oil

coal oil


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