crude oil


petroleum as it comes from the ground, before refining.

Words nearby crude oil

Origin of crude oil

First recorded in 1860–65
Also called crude, crude petroleum. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crude oil

crude oil


petroleum before it has been refined
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Science definitions for crude oil

crude oil
[ krōōd ]

Unrefined petroleum.
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