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Related topics: Gas, coal, oil
paraffinpar‧af‧fin /ˈpærəfɪn/ noun [uncountable]  1 British EnglishTPG a kind of oil used for heating and in lamps, made from petroleum or coal syn kerosene American English2 (also paraffin wax British English) a soft white substance used for making candles, made from petroleum or coal
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paraffinAfter being grafted, the joints are dipped into paraffin wax for protection.Placebo capsules contained liquid paraffin for adults and olive oil for children.Boot leathers are usually chrome tanned then impregnated with a mixture of paraffin wax and paraffin oil.To save paraffin we stopped having a mid-morning coffee break.Entering his room, he lit the paraffin lamp on the table by the door and carried it over to the desk.Why, there are much larger ripples on the surface of the water, upon which the paraffin rests.
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