From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kerosene \Ker"o*sene`\, n. [Gr. ? wax.]
   An oil used for illuminating purposes, formerly obtained from
   the distillation of mineral wax, bituminous shale, etc., and
   hence called also coal oil. It is now produced in immense
   quantities, chiefly by the distillation and purification of
   petroleum. It consists chiefly of several hydrocarbons of the
   methane series, having from 10 to 16 carbon atoms in each
   molecule, and having a higher boiling point (175 - 325[deg]
   C) than gasoline or the petroleum ethers, and a lower boling
   point than the oils.
   [1913 Webster +PJC] Kers
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