creosote

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v creosote treat with creosote "creosoted wood"
    • n creosote a dark oily liquid obtained by distillation of coal tar; used as a preservative for wood
    • n creosote a colorless or yellowish oily liquid obtained by distillation of wood tar; used as an antiseptic
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The the oldest living thing on earth is 12,000 years old. It is the flowering shrubs called creosote bushes in the Mojave Desert.
    • n Creosote (Chem) Wood-tar oil; an oily antiseptic liquid, of a burning smoky taste, colorless when pure, but usually colored yellow or brown by impurity or exposure. It is a complex mixture of various phenols and their ethers, and is obtained by the distillation of wood tar, especially that of beechwood.☞ It is remarkable as an antiseptic and deodorizer in the preservation of wood, flesh, etc., and in the prevention of putrefaction; but it is a poor germicide, and in this respect has been overrated. Smoked meat, as ham, owes its preservation and taste to a small quantity of creosote absorbed from the smoke to which it is exposed. Carbolic acid is phenol{1 proper, while creosote is a mixture of several phenols.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n creosote A substance first prepared from wood-tar, from which it is separated by repeated solution in potash, treatment with acids, and distillation. It is also obtained from crude pyroligneous acid. In a pure state it is oily, heavy, colorless, refracts light powerfully, and has a sweetish, burning taste, and a strong smell as of peat-smoke or smoked meat. It is so powerful an antiseptic that meat will not putrefy after being plunged into a solution of one per cent. of creosote. Wood treated with it is not subject to dry-rot or other decay. It has been used in surgery and medicine as an antiseptic with great success, but it is now almost superseded by the cheaper and equally efficient carbolic acid. It is often added to whisky, to give it the peat-reek flavor. Also written kreosote, kreasote.
    • creosote To apply creosote or a solution of creosote to; treat with creosote: as, to creosote wood to prevent its decay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Creosote krē′o-sōt an oily, colourless liquid obtained from the tar produced by the destructive distillation of wood.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. kre`as, gen. kre`ws, flesh + sw`zein to preserve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kreas, flesh, sōtēr, saviour—sōz-ein, to save.

Usage

In literature:

To prevent their climbing up trees, place a ring of tar about the trunk, or a circle of rag moistened occasionally with creosote.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
To the under side of the cork is nailed a little wad of unsized paper soaked with creosote.
"Wood-Block Printing" by F. Morley Fletcher
Kerosene and creosote also make good disinfectants.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
St. Appolline cures better than creosote.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
The best drug to use in the kettle is creosote (beechwood).
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
We passed on our route clumps of cacti, and thickets of creosote bushes, that emitted their foul odours as we crushed through them.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
A drop or two of creosote on a cut will stop its bleeding.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Creosote in a cupboard to keep out flies and preserve meat.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
Obtain specimens of gutta-percha, resin, pitch, turpentine, shellac, copal, dammar, and creosote for study and inspection.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Oil of citronella is only of temporary use; paraffin and creosote are of little good.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
One of the most curious operations was that of forcing the creosote into the piles.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
A pump rattled under it, and the smell of creosote was everywhere.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Half an hour later the party filed out to the creosote flats and struck across country toward Mesa.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
Treat them to a light creosote stain, thus giving a picturesque background for the overlapping vines.
"Garden Ornaments" by Mary H. Northend
When Alan awoke that morning under the creosote bush, he thought he must have come nearly to the place he had meant to find the day before.
"The Basket Woman" by Mary Austin
Another German splashed creosote on to the floor, and places too high up to be reached by the blow flame.
"13 Days" by John Alan Lyde Caunter
It quickly absorbs creosote, which renders it immune from decay.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
The mercury surface must be covered with water, alcohol, paraffin or creosote oil to prevent oxidation and to extinguish the break spark.
"Hertzian Wave Wireless Telegraphy" by John Ambrose Fleming
The wood must have been previously creosoted, in the same manner as railway sleepers.
"Electric Bells and All About Them" by S. R. Bottone
Some collectors, with indifferent olfactory sense, moisten the cork of their boxes with creosote.
"Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects" by C. V. Riley
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In poetry:

Stretch of windless ocean sand,
With no green inchoate
Lilting of the sea, will bear
Only creosote.
"Heritage" by Norman MacLeod
He saved his soul and saved his pork,
With old time preservation;
He did not hold with creosote,
Or new plans of salvation;
He said that "Works would show the man,"
"The smoke-house tell upon the ham!"
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

During his career in Fairbanks, Whitaker has peered into 10,000 chimneys, but never has he seen a bigger problem with creosote.
Despite cleanup, creosote toxins common in our waters.
Creosote – February 4th, 2008.
The creosote bush ( Larrea tridentata ) is a hardy desert plant, also known as chaparral, greasewood and stinkweed.
Creosote is used as a wood preservative, primarily to protect utility poles and railroad ties.
It's the signature plant of the Mohave Desert and Angela O'Callaghan is always happy to see creosote bushes.
Back to The HooK front page FOOD- THE DISH- Grillin': Farmington blaze blamed on creosote .
Creosote is used as a wood preservative, primarily to protect utility poles and railroad ties.
The Rodman Mountain Petroglyphs Ancient Creosote Rings Preserve.
MOJAVE DESERT , Calif — At first glance, the vast Mojave Desert seems barren: mile after mile of dust, sand and scrubby creosote bush under a blistering sun.
There's a misconception that the pitch in softwoods creates more creosote, but it's actually the moisture in the pitch that does that.
This causes creosote to build up .
"Then, when it gets cold, they make a big fire for heat and the built-up creosote, which is like a coal dust, burns.".
So checking on creosote inside the chimney and clearance to combustibles outside the chimney is time well spent.
Calls run from well-maintained chimneys to those lined with a decade of creosote and evidence of chimney fires.
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