coal oil

[ kohl-oil ]
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nounOlder U.S. Use and Canadian.
  1. petroleum obtained by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal.

Origin of coal oil

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60

Words Nearby coal oil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use coal oil in a sentence

  • Okanagan Bob went about with a coal-oil can, and Jimmy drove the red oxen that hauled loads of brush.

    Northwest! | Harold Bindloss
  • Sulphate of lime in water, causing scale, may be counteracted and scale removed by using coal oil and sal soda.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them | James H. Stephenson
  • He declared with rare vehemence that Bryant deserved boiling in hot coal oil, then skinning alive.

    The Lone Ranger Rides | Fran Striker
  • Ed Higgins followed with "ceriseen," and 'Rast Little explosively had it "coal-oil."

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow | George Barr McCutcheon
  • Two or three coal-oil stoves were used to heat the cave and for cooking purposes.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow | George Barr McCutcheon

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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