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naphtha

[ naf-thuh, nap- ]
/ ˈnæf θə, ˈnæp- /
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noun
a colorless, volatile petroleum distillate, usually an intermediate product between gasoline and benzine, used as a solvent, fuel, etc.Compare mineral spirits.
any of various similar liquids distilled from other products.

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Origin of naphtha

1565–75; <Latin <Greek náphthas, perhaps <Iranian *nafta, derivative of *nab- to be damp; compare Avestan napta- damp, Persian naft naphtha

OTHER WORDS FROM naphtha

naphthous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for naphtha

naphtha
/ (ˈnæfθə, ˈnæp-) /

noun
a distillation product from coal tar boiling in the approximate range 80–170°C and containing aromatic hydrocarbons
a distillation product from petroleum boiling in the approximate range 100–200°C and containing aliphatic hydrocarbons: used as a solvent and in petrol
an obsolete name for petroleum

Word Origin for naphtha

C16: via Latin from Greek, of Iranian origin; related to Persian neft naphtha
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Scientific definitions for naphtha

naphtha
[ năfthə ]

Any of several liquid mixtures of hydrocarbons made by refining petroleum or by breaking down coal tar. Naphtha is usually flammable, and is used as a solvent and as an ingredient in gasoline. It is also used to make plastics.
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