petrolene


petrolene

petrolene [pe-truh-leen] WORD ORIGIN noun any of the constituents of a bitumen, as asphalt, that are soluble in pentane, hexane, or naphthalene. Liberaldictionary.com

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  • Compare asphaltene. Origin of petrolene First recorded in 1830–40; petrol(eum) + -ene Also called malthene. Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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