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crude oil

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noun

petroleum as it comes from the ground, before refining.

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Also called crude, crude petroleum.

Origin of crude oil

First recorded in 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for crude oil

crude oil

noun

petroleum before it has been refined
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Scientific definitions for crude oil

crude oil
[ krōōd ]

Unrefined petroleum.
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