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



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 Originmid 19th cent.: from German, from Latin parum ‘little’ + affinis ‘related’ (from its low reactivity).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paraffin