coal tar

noun

Definition of coal tar

: tar obtained by distillation of bituminous coal and used especially as an industrial fuel, in making dyes, and in the topical treatment of skin disorders

Examples of coal tar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through wells drilling into the contamination zone, water will be pumped out to remove coal tar and stop the spread of its ingredients. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Superfund pollution in Parramore gets concrete grave," 7 Nov. 2019 In 1988, federal investigators found chemicals associated with coal tar in the aquifer and said the probable source was the former gasification plant. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Superfund pollution in Parramore gets concrete grave," 7 Nov. 2019 Ths shampoo, which Cerulla likes, relies on 1 percent coal tar to ease flaking and scalp irritation associated with seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff and scalp psoriasis. NBC News, "Best shampoos for dry scalp, according to these dermatologists," 17 Dec. 2018 Mission Control's air ducts were black with coal tar from the cigarettes, and replaced during the restoration. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "'We did the impossible': What it was like inside Apollo 11's Mission Control," 19 July 2019 Shah recommends using a shampoo with ingredients like salicylic acid, sulfur, tea tree oil, or coal tar. Jessica Cruel, Teen Vogue, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Might Be the New Pimple Popping Videos," 23 July 2018 Shah recommends using a shampoo with ingredients like salicylic acid, sulfur, tea tree oil, or coal tar. Jessica Cruel, Allure, "Dandruff Scraping Videos (aka the New Pimple-Popping Clips) Are Going Viral on YouTube," 20 July 2018 Shah recommends using a shampoo with ingredients like salicylic acid, sulfur, tea tree oil, or coal tar. Jessica Cruel, Teen Vogue, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Might Be the New Pimple Popping Videos," 23 July 2018 Shah recommends using a shampoo with ingredients like salicylic acid, sulfur, tea tree oil, or coal tar. Jessica Cruel, Allure, "Dandruff Scraping Videos (aka the New Pimple-Popping Clips) Are Going Viral on YouTube," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of coal tar

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Coal tar.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coal%20tar. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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coal tar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coal tar

: a black, sticky liquid made from coal that is used as a fuel and to make various products (such as soap)

coal tar

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Medical Definition of coal tar

: tar obtained by distillation of bituminous coal and used in the treatment of some skin diseases by direct local application to the skin

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