transitive verb
bur·​nett·​ize | \ (ˌ)bərˈnetˌīz, (ˈ)bərnə̇ˌtīz\

Definition of burnettize

: to impregnate (something, such as wood or fabric) with zinc chloride solution under pressure to prevent decay

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History and Etymology for burnettize

Sir William Burnett †1861 Scottish physician, inventor of the process + English -ize

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