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[pe-truh l] /ˈpɛ trəl/

British. .
Archaic. .
verb (used with object), petrolled, petrolling.
British. to clean with .
any one of various volatile flammable liquid mixtures of hydrocarbons, mainly hexane, heptane, and octane, obtained from petroleum and used as a solvent and a fuel for internal-combustion engines. Usually petrol also contains additives such as antiknock compounds and corrosion inhibitors US and Canadian name gasoline

“gasoline,” 1895, from French pétrol (1892); earlier used (1580s) in reference to the unrefined substance, from Middle French petrole “petroleum,” from Old French (13c.), from Medieval Latin petroleum (see petroleum).


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