paraffin wax

Origin of paraffin wax

First recorded in 1870–75
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paraffin wax

noun
  1. a white insoluble odourless waxlike solid consisting mainly of alkane hydrocarbons with melting points in the range 50°–60°C, used in candles, waterproof paper, and as a sealing agentAlso called: paraffin
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paraffin wax in Science

paraffin wax

  1. See paraffin.
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