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From Cazeline (possibly influenced by Gazeline, the name of an Irish copy), a brand of petroleum-derived lighting oil,[1] from the surname of the man who first marketed it in 1862, John Cassell,[2] and the suffix –eline, from Greek ἔλαιον (élaion, oil, olive oil), from ἐλαία (elaía, olive). Gasolene is found from 1863, and gasoline from 1864.[3]


gasolene (usually uncountable, plural gasolenes)

  1. Alternative spelling of gasoline
    • 1863, The Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle, 1863-09-12, p, 8:
      REFINED COLZA, GASOLENE, PETROLENE, and all Oils suitable for Paraffin and other Lamps.
    • 1864, The Pittsburgh Commercial, 1864-05-27, p. 1:
      Naphtha, of the kind usually known as gasolene, is taxed five per cent ad valorem

Usage notes[edit]

This spelling is used in Jamaica, but is antiquated in other places where English is spoken.


  1. ^ The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter, volume 9, page 368, 1865
  2. ^ John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off, Faber & Faber, 2012 ↑ISBN.
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