mineral spirits


noun (usually used with a plural verb)

a volatile distillation product of petroleum, used as a thinner for paints and varnishes.Compare naphtha(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. mineral charcoal,
  2. mineral jelly,
  3. mineral kingdom,
  4. mineral oil,
  5. mineral pitch,
  6. mineral spring,
  7. mineral tar,
  8. mineral water,
  9. mineral wax,
  10. mineral wells

Origin of mineral spirits

First recorded in 1885–90

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