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wood tar

  1. a dark viscid product obtained from wood by distillation or by slow burning without flame, used in its natural state to preserve timber, rope, etc., or subjected to further distillation to yield creosote, oils, and a final residuum, wood pitch.
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Origin of wood tar

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for wood tar

Historical Examples

  • Pittacal, pit′a-kal, n. a blue substance obtained from wood-tar oil and used in dyeing.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


  • Coal-tar and wood-tar or pitch, applied hot in thin coats, are also good and cheap preservatives for exposed wood-work.

    Woodworking for Beginners

    Charles Gardner Wheeler

  • Creasote or Kreozote is a term applied to the mixture of crude phenols obtained from the distillation of wood-tar.

British Dictionary definitions for wood tar

wood tar

  1. any tar produced by the destructive distillation of wood: used in producing tarred cord and rope and formerly in medicine as disinfectants and antiseptics
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