paraffin wax

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noun

paraffin in its solid state.

Nearby words

  1. parae,
  2. paraesthesia,
  3. paraesthetic,
  4. paraffin,
  5. paraffin series,
  6. paraffine,
  7. paraffinic,
  8. paraffinize,
  9. paraffinoid,
  10. paraffinoma

Origin of paraffin wax

First recorded in 1870–75

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British Dictionary definitions for paraffin wax

paraffin wax

noun

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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Science definitions for paraffin wax

paraffin wax

See paraffin.
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