Native paraffin
Paraffin Par"af*fin (p[a^]r"[a^]f*f[i^]n), Paraffine Par"af*fine (p[a^]r"[a^]f*f[i^]n or p[a^]r"[a^]f*f[=e]n), n. [F. paraffine, fr. L. parum too little + affinis akin. So named in allusion to its chemical inactivity.] (Chem.) A white waxy substance, resembling spermaceti, tasteless and odorless, and obtained from coal tar, wood tar, petroleum, etc., by distillation. It is used in candles, as a sealing agent (such as in canning of preserves), as a waterproofing agent, as an illuminant and as a lubricant. It is very inert, not being acted upon by most of the strong chemical reagents. It was formerly regarded as a definite compound, but is now known to be a complex mixture of several higher hydrocarbons of the methane or marsh-gas series; hence, by extension, any substance, whether solid, liquid, or gaseous, of the same chemical series; thus gasoline, coal gas and kerosene consist largely of paraffins. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: In the present chemical usage this word is spelled paraffin, but in commerce it is commonly spelled paraffine. [1913 Webster]

{Native paraffin}. See {Ozocerite}.

{Paraffin series}. See {Methane series}, under {Methane}. [1913 Webster]


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  • native paraffin — ozocerite o zo*ce rite ([=o] z[ o]*s[=e] r[imac]t), n. [Gr. o zein to smell + khro s wax.] (Min.) A waxlike mineral resin; sometimes called {native paraffin}, and {mineral wax}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Paraffin — Par af*fin (p[a^]r [a^]f*f[i^]n), Paraffine Par af*fine (p[a^]r [a^]f*f[i^]n or p[a^]r [a^]f*f[=e]n), n. [F. paraffine, fr. L. parum too little + affinis akin. So named in allusion to its chemical inactivity.] (Chem.) A white waxy substance,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Paraffin series — Paraffin Par af*fin (p[a^]r [a^]f*f[i^]n), Paraffine Par af*fine (p[a^]r [a^]f*f[i^]n or p[a^]r [a^]f*f[=e]n), n. [F. paraffine, fr. L. parum too little + affinis akin. So named in allusion to its chemical inactivity.] (Chem.) A white waxy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Paraffine — Paraffin Par af*fin (p[a^]r [a^]f*f[i^]n), Paraffine Par af*fine (p[a^]r [a^]f*f[i^]n or p[a^]r [a^]f*f[=e]n), n. [F. paraffine, fr. L. parum too little + affinis akin. So named in allusion to its chemical inactivity.] (Chem.) A white waxy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mineral wax — ozocerite o zo*ce rite ([=o] z[ o]*s[=e] r[imac]t), n. [Gr. o zein to smell + khro s wax.] (Min.) A waxlike mineral resin; sometimes called {native paraffin}, and {mineral wax}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ozocerite — o zo*ce rite ([=o] z[ o]*s[=e] r[imac]t), n. [Gr. o zein to smell + khro s wax.] (Min.) A waxlike mineral resin; sometimes called {native paraffin}, and {mineral wax}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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