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petrol

[ pe-truhl ]
/ ˈpɛ trəl /
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noun
British. gasoline.
Archaic. petroleum.
verb (used with object), pet·rolled, pet·rol·ling.
British. to clean with gasoline.
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Origin of petrol

1590–1600; <Middle French petrole<Medieval Latin petroleumpetroleum

Other definitions for petrol (2 of 2)

petrol.

abbreviation
petrology.
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British Dictionary definitions for petrol (1 of 2)

petrol
/ (ˈpɛtrəl) /

noun
any one of various volatile flammable liquid mixtures of hydrocarbons, mainly hexane, heptane, and octane, obtained from petroleum and used as a solvent and a fuel for internal-combustion engines. Usually petrol also contains additives such as antiknock compounds and corrosion inhibitorsUS and Canadian name: gasoline

Word Origin for petrol

C16: via French from Medieval Latin petroleum

British Dictionary definitions for petrol (2 of 2)

petrol.

abbreviation for
petrology
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