Definition of naphtha noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈnæfθə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæfθə//
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a type of oil that starts burning very easily, used as fuel or in making chemicals Word Originlate Middle English napte, from Latin naphtha from Greek, of oriental origin; the Latin spelling was introduced in the late 16th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: naphtha