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

 

paraffin

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈpærəfɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəfɪn//
 
(also paraffin oil)(both British English)(North American English kerosene)[uncountable]
 
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a type of oil obtained from petroleum and used as a fuel for heat and light a paraffin heater/lamp/stove He doused the wood with paraffin and set fire to it. Those old-fashioned paraffin heaters can be very dangerous. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from German, from Latin parum ‘little’ + affinis ‘related’ (from its low reactivity).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paraffin