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Topic: MOTOR VEHICLES

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: carburet 'to mix with carbon' (19-21 centuries), from carburet 'compound of carbon with another chemical' (18-19 centuries)

carburettor

noun
     
car‧bu‧ret‧tor British English ; carburetor American English [countable]
TTC a part of an engine, especially in a car, that mixes the petrol with air so that it burns and provides power
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