coal oil


Definition of coal oil

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

Examples of coal oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of coal oil

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Coal oil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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