Origin of naphtha
Examples from the Web for naphtha
Historical Examples of naphtha
Another of the most important groups of Russian industries is that of naphtha.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
Chloroform, benzene, and naphtha are used on ordinary silks and linens.Textiles
William H. Dooley
For what are aniline, paraffine, naphtha, and carbolic acid used?Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
About four, he asked for naphtha, but the last syllable died on his tongue.The Life of Friedrich Schiller
The place reeks of naphtha, human flesh, bad language, and good-nature.Nights in London
- 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
Word Origin and History for naphtha
inflammable liquid distilled from petroleum, 1570s, from Latin, from Greek naphtha "bitumen," perhaps from Persian neft "pitch," or Aramaic naphta, nephta, but these could as well be from Greek. In Middle English as napte (late 14c.), from Old French napte, but the modern word is a re-introduction.
- Any of several highly volatile, flammable liquid mixtures of hydrocarbons distilled from petroleum, coal tar, or natural gas and used as solvents and in making various chemicals.
- 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.