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creosote

[ kree-uh-soht ]
/ 藞kri 蓹藢so蕣t /
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noun
an oily liquid having a burning taste and a penetrating odor, obtained by the distillation of coal and wood tar, used mainly as a preservative for wood and as an antiseptic.
verb (used with object), cre路o路sot路ed, cre路o路sot路ing.
to treat with creosote.
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Origin of creosote

<German Kreosote (1832) <Greek kreo-, combining form of kr茅as flesh + s艒t膿r savior, preserver (in reference to its antiseptic properties)

OTHER WORDS FROM creosote

cre路o路sot路ic [kree-uh-sot-ik], /藢kri 蓹藞s蓲t 瑟k/, adjectiveun路cre路o路sot路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for creosote

creosote
/ (藞kr瑟蓹藢s蓹蕣t) /

noun
a colourless or pale yellow liquid mixture with a burning taste and penetrating odour distilled from wood tar, esp from beechwood, contains creosol and other phenols, and is used as an antiseptic
Also called: coal-tar creosote a thick dark liquid mixture prepared from coal tar, containing phenols: used as a preservative for wood
verb
to treat (wood) with creosote

Derived forms of creosote

creosotic (藢kr瑟蓹藞s蓲t瑟k), adjective

Word Origin for creosote

C19: from Greek kreas flesh + s艒t膿r preserver, from s艒zein to keep safe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for creosote

creosote
[ kr膿蓹-s艒t鈥 ]

A yellow or brown oily liquid obtained from coal tar and used as a wood preservative and disinfectant.
A colorless to yellowish oily liquid containing phenols, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood tar, especially from the wood of a beech, and formerly used as an expectorant in treating chronic bronchitis.
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