Origin of kerosene
Examples from the Web for kerosene
The cozy days of lighting the Hofburg Palace with kerosene rather than electricity had come to an abrupt end.
Franz Joseph lit the Hofburg Palace with kerosene lamps and viewed the telephone as a nuisance.
He awoke to dogs barking and gunshots, he said, and turned on a kerosene lantern to see what was going on.Afghan Victims’ Harrowing Testimony From the Robert Bales Trial|Winston Ross|November 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Small homes often have only kerosene lamps to provide light, which spew toxins equivalent to two packs of cigarettes a day.sOccket Inventors: Being Young and Stubborn Helps Innovation|Casey Schwartz|March 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Unfortunately, Jones didn't have those tools available to him, but he did have a Koran soaking in kerosene backstage.
Alcohol boils at a lower temperature than water; gasoline boils at a lower temperature than kerosene.Common Science|Carleton W. Washburne
The flash point of kerosene may be between 70 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit, depending upon the grade.Mechanical Devices in the Home|Edith Louise Allen
In a barren region where firewood is not to be had, it will be necessary to carry an alcohol or kerosene burner and stock of fuel.Packing and Portaging|Dillon Wallace
The next thing that he was aware of was the pungent odor of kerosene borne upon the freshening night breeze.Pee-wee Harris|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Light oils, such as kerosene and light lubricating oils seventy to eighty per cent.Aviation Engines|Victor Wilfred Pag
British Dictionary definitions for kerosene
Word Origin for kerosene
Word Origin and History for kerosene
1852, coined irregularly by Canadian geologist Abraham Gesner (1797-1864), who discovered how to distill it c.1846, from Greek keros "wax" + chemical suffix -ene. So called because it contains paraffin (hence the British English name, paraffin oil).