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

Related Words for coal oil

crude, oil, petroleum, petrol

Examples from the Web for coal oil

Historical Examples of coal oil

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

  • 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


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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