creosote

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cre·o·sote / ˈkrēəˌsōt/ • n. (also creosote oil) a dark brown oil distilled from coal tar and used as a wood preservative. It contains a number of phenols, cresols, and other organic compounds. ∎  a colorless, pungent, oily liquid, containing creosol and other compounds, distilled from wood tar and used as an antiseptic.• v. [tr.] treat (wood) with creosote.

creosote

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creosote XIX. — G. kreosote, f. Gr. kreo-, kreō-, comb. form of kréas flesh + sōtḗr saviour, sōtēríā safety, with ref. to the antiseptic properties.