fossil fuel


: a fuel (such as coal, oil, or natural gas) formed in the earth from plant or animal remains
fossil-fueled adjective

Examples of fossil fuel in a Sentence

oil and other fossil fuels
Recent Examples on the Web But the fossil fuel industry has also enjoyed record profits under the Biden administration. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 9 May 2024 But El Niño has been waning, and global warming fueled by fossil fuel emissions continues to be the primary driver of high temperatures. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for fossil fuel 

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fossil fuel was in 1759

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“Fossil fuel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

fossil fuel

: a fuel (as coal, oil, or natural gas) that is formed in the earth from plant or animal remains

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