coal oil

noun

1
: petroleum or a refined oil prepared from it
2

Examples of coal oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The woman carried two lanterns and a can of coal oil. Lisa Wells, Harper’s Magazine , 15 Mar. 2023 Over 1,000 people showed up on a drizzly night to cheer as firefighters doused buildings with coal oil and set them ablaze. Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coal oil was in 1859

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“Coal oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coal%20oil. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

coal oil

noun
1
: petroleum or a refined oil prepared from it
2

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