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
Words nearby crude oil
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Example sentences from the Web for crude oil
The automatic had a silencer on it, and its clicking had been drowned out, anyhow, by the roaring of the crude-oil engine.
British Dictionary definitions for crude oil
petroleum before it has been refined
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Scientific definitions for crude oil
[ krōōd ]
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