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noun Older U.S. Use and Canadian.

petroleum obtained by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal.

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Origin of coal oil

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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coal oil

noun

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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