ozocerite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ozocerite a waxy mineral that is a mixture of hydrocarbons and occurs in association with petroleum; some varieties are used in making ceresin and candles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n ozocerite (Min) A waxlike mineral resin; -- sometimes called native paraffin, and mineral wax.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ozocerite A mixture of natural paraffins existing in the bituminous sandstones of coal-measures. It is like resinous wax in consistence and translucency, of a brown or brownish-yellow color, and of a pleasantly aromatic odor. In Moldavia it occnrs in sufficient quantities to be used for economic purposes, and it is made into candles. A related resin is found in considerable quantities in southern Utah. Also called mineral tallow and mineral wax.
    • ozocerite To treat with ozocerite or native paraffin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ozocerite ō-zō-sē′rīt a waxy-like substance, having a weak bituminous odour, found in Moldavia and elsewhere, and used for making candles
    • Ozocerite Also Ozokē′rite
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'o`zein to smell + khro`s wax

Usage

In literature:

A native mineral paraffine, known as ozocerite, is mined in Utah and Galicia; it is used as an insulating material.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Petroleum is found in Galicia, where ozocerite is also raised.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
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