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.
    • 1907, E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey, Part I, III [Uniform ed., p. 45]:
      Agnes was leaning over the creosoted garden gate …
  3. (countable) The creosote bush.
    • 1994, John Alcock, Sonoran Desert Summer (page 88)
      On Shaw Butte, as elsewhere in the Phoenix area, creosotes are abundant, producing a plethora of small yellow flowers in late March and April.

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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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creosote

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of creosotar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of creosotar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of creosotar.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of creosotar.