creosote

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Etymology[edit]

Coined in 1832 by Carl Reichenbach as German Kreosot, a learned formation from Ancient Greek κρέας(kréas, flesh) + σωτήρ(sōtḗr, preserver), after the substance's antiseptic quality. Adopted in English by 1835.

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creosote ‎(countable and uncountable, plural creosotes)

  1. A pale yellow oily liquid, containing phenols and similar compounds, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood tar, once used medicinally.
  2. A similar brown liquid obtained from coal tar used as a wood preservative.
  3. (uncountable) The creosote bush.

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Verb[edit]

creosote ‎(third-person singular simple present creosotes, present participle creosoting, simple past and past participle creosoted)

  1. To apply creosote.
    As the fence is exposed he will creosote it for protection.

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