or lig·ro·ine

[ lig-roh-in ]
/ ˈlɪg roʊ ɪn /


a flammable mixture of hydrocarbons that boils at from 20°C to 135°C, obtained from petroleum by distillation and used as a solvent.

Origin of ligroin

First recorded in 1880–85; origin obscure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ligroin


/ (ˈlɪɡrəʊɪn) /


a volatile fraction of petroleum containing aliphatic hydrocarbons of the paraffin series. It has an approximate boiling point range of 70°–130°C and is used as a solvent

Word Origin for ligroin

origin unknown
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