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[oh-zoh-kuh-rahyt, -suh-rahyt, oh-zoh-seer-ahyt]
  1. a waxlike mineral resin; mineral wax.
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Also o·zo·ke·rite [oh-zoh-kuh-rahyt, oh-zoh-keer-ahyt] /oʊˈzoʊ kəˌraɪt, ˌoʊ zoʊˈkɪər aɪt/.

Origin of ozocerite

1830–40; < German Ozokerit < Greek ozo- ozo- + kēr(ós) wax + German -it -ite1
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Historical Examples of ozocerite

  • Petroleum is found in Galicia, where ozocerite is also raised.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8


  • A native mineral paraffine, known as ozocerite, is mined in Utah and Galicia; it is used as an insulating material.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

British Dictionary definitions for ozocerite



  1. a brown or greyish wax that occurs associated with petroleum and is used for making candles and wax paperAlso called: earth wax, mineral wax
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Word Origin for ozocerite

C19: from German Ozokerit, from Greek ozein to smell + kēros beeswax
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