Creosote



[kree-uh-soht] /ˈkri əˌsoʊt/

noun
1.
an oily liquid having a burning taste and a penetrating odor, obtained by the distillation of coal and wood tar, used mainly as a preservative for wood and as an antiseptic.
2.
.
verb (used with object), creosoted, creosoting.
3.
to treat with creosote.
/ˈkrɪəˌsəʊt/
noun
1.
a colourless or pale yellow liquid mixture with a burning taste and penetrating odour distilled from wood tar, esp from beechwood, contains creosol and other phenols, and is used as an antiseptic
2.
Also called coal-tar creosote. a thick dark liquid mixture prepared from coal tar, containing phenols: used as a preservative for wood
verb
3.
to treat (wood) with creosote
n.

1835, from German Kreosot, coined 1832 by its discoverer, German-born natural philosopher Carl Ludwig, Baron Reichenbach (1788-1869), from Greek kreo-, comb. form of kreas “flesh” (see raw) + soter “preserver,” from soizein “save, preserve.” So called because it was used as an antiseptic.
creosote
(krē’ə-sōt’)

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