- flammable hydrocarbon jelly packaged in a small can for use as a portable heat source for cooking.
- a combining form representing sternum in compound words: sternocostal.
Also especially before a vowel, stern-.
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Examples from the Web for sterno
Ferrugineo-flavescens, elytris virescentibus, sterno cornuto.
Word Origin and History for sterno
U.S. proprietary name for solidified alcohol used as fuel for cooking stoves, 1915, by S. Sternau & Co., New York, New York.
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