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creosote

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noun cre·o·sote \ˈkrē-ə-ˌsōt\

Definition of creosote

  1. 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. 2 :  a brownish oily liquid consisting chiefly of aromatic hydrocarbons obtained by distillation of coal tar and used especially as a wood preservative

  3. 3 :  a dark brown or black flammable tar deposited from especially wood smoke on the walls of a chimney

  4. 4 :  creosote bush

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Origin and Etymology of creosote

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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creosote

verb cre·o·sote

Definition of creosote

creosoted

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creosoting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to treat with creosote

First Known Use of creosote

1836


CREOSOTE Defined for English Language Learners

creosote

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Definition of creosote for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

creosote

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noun cre·o·sote \ˈkrē-ə-ˌsōt\

Medical Definition of creosote

  1. 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. 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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