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 From dumping creosote to other chemicals and hazardous waste, the EPA has identified 21 sites in Harris and surrounding counties. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "There are 21 toxic sites in and around Houston, according to EPA. Here’s what’s in them," 4 Feb. 2020 But in recent months following public pressure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the company to conduct more tests and more frequent extraction of the creosote contamination. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich to speak on cancer cluster in Fifth Ward at town hall," 20 Jan. 2020 Their flammable oils will coat your chimney with creosote and increase your risk of a fire. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The most environmentally-friendly ways to get rid of your Christmas tree," 26 Dec. 2019 The trail is wide and plush with saguaros, cholla, ocotillo, creosote, yucca and granite boulders. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Scottsdale, Arizona, bucket list: Top 25 things to do," 9 Feb. 2015 The fire was caused by built up creosote in the chimney and spread to the roof of the restaurant and inn, located at at 731 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury Fire Marhsal Kevin Kowalski said. David Owens, courant.com, "Santa helps Simsbury, Canton firefighters snuff out fire during Simsbury Celebrates firetruck parade," 1 Dec. 2019 Get a creosote bundle from Phoenix General for $9.50 8. Arizona Republic And Reviewed Staff, USA TODAY, "10 gifts for people who love Arizona," 15 Nov. 2019 To sum it up, the more creosote, the higher risk of fire. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, "Here's How to Clean Your Chimney—and How Often You Should Be Doing So," 1 Nov. 2019 Which is why locals and former Phoenicians alike enjoy hanging a bushel of creosote in the shower for a dreamy steam. Arizona Republic And Reviewed Staff, USA TODAY, "10 gifts for people who love Arizona," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Creosote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creosote. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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creosote

noun
How to pronounce creosote (audio)

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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