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Noun: paraffin  per-u-fin [N. Amer], pa-ru-fin [Brit]
  1. From crude petroleum; used for candles and for preservative or waterproof coatings
    - paraffin wax
  2. A series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2)
    - methane series, alkane series, alkane, paraffin series
  3. (British usage) kerosine
    - paraffin oil

Derived forms: paraffins

Type of: aliphatic compound, coal oil, kerosene, kerosine, lamp oil, wax

Encyclopedia: Paraffin