creosote

noun
cre·​o·​sote | \ ˈkrē-ə-ˌsōt How to pronounce creosote (audio) \

Definition of creosote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a clear or yellowish flammable oily liquid mixture of phenolic compounds obtained by the distillation of tar derived from wood and especially from beech wood
2 : a brownish oily liquid consisting chiefly of aromatic hydrocarbons obtained by distillation of coal tar and used especially as a wood preservative
3 : a dark brown or black flammable tar deposited from especially wood smoke on the walls of a chimney

creosote

verb
creosoted; creosoting

Definition of creosote (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat with creosote

Examples of creosote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The cluster was detected near a legacy site of creosote contamination. Alison Medley, Chron, "A new cancer cluster identified in Houston's Kashmere Gardens neighborhood," 22 Jan. 2021 Soot can harden on chimney walls as flammable creosote. oregonlive, "2021 checklist to prepare your family for an emergency at home or in a public place," 14 Jan. 2021 The damper should operate freely, and the flue should be free of any creosote buildup. John Nugent, Chron, "Take steps now before cold weather arrives," 31 Oct. 2020 This may be due to the fresher creosote treatment of the newer pilings, lack of algae growth on those pilings, or a combination of other factors. Steve Price, Field & Stream, "Catch More Bass Near Boathouses and Docks," 24 June 2020 Fireplace: Have a professional clean the chimney of a wood-burning fireplace to remove built-up soot and flammable creosote. oregonlive, "Spring cleaning: Easy fixes before heading back to work," 28 May 2020 Last year, state health officials confirmed a cancer cluster in one African American Houston neighborhood where residents had for years complained that creosote from a former rail yard was killing residents. Ellen Knickmeyer, Houston Chronicle, "'They're killing us,' Texas residents say of Trump rollbacks," 19 Apr. 2020 In the throbbing summer heat, willow groves smell like creosote below an old railroad. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "Willow Creek: An Obscure Stream Shapes Life, Death, and Landscape," 16 Apr. 2020 Fireplace: Have a professional clean the chimney of a wood-burning fireplace to remove built-up soot and flammable creosote once a year. oregonlive, "How to sanitize upholstery and home surfaces without damaging them in a coronavirus clean," 20 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So, then the question becomes: How long does creosote remain a risk in the soil? oregonlive, "Squirrel feeding irks neighbor. Are there better ways? Ask an expert," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of creosote

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for creosote

Noun

German Kreosot, from Greek kreas flesh + sōtēr preserver, from sōzein to preserve, from sōs safe (probably akin to Sanskrit tavīti he is strong); from its antiseptic properties — more at raw

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The first known use of creosote was in 1835

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“Creosote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creosote. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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creosote

noun

English Language Learners Definition of creosote

: a brown, oily liquid used to keep wood from rotting

creosote

noun
cre·​o·​sote | \ ˈkrē-ə-ˌsōt How to pronounce creosote (audio) \

Medical Definition of creosote

1 : a clear or yellowish flammable oily liquid mixture of phenolic compounds obtained by the distillation of wood tar especially from beech wood and used especially as a disinfectant and as an expectorant in chronic bronchitis
2 : a brownish oily liquid consisting chiefly of aromatic hydrocarbons obtained by distillation of coal tar and used especially as a wood preservative

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