naval stores

plural noun

: products (such as turpentine, pitch, and rosin) obtained from resinous conifers and especially pines

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thomas Logan Brown was a chipper in the naval stores industry, working with wood to produce material for ship repairs, and his wife, Queen Anderson, worked as a housekeeper and nurse’s aide. Globe Staff,, 9 July 2022

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Word History


from their former use in the construction and maintenance of wooden sailing vessels

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of naval stores was in 1896

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“Naval stores.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

naval stores

noun plural
: products (as pitch, turpentine, or rosin) obtained from coniferous trees (as pines)

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