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Meaning of CREOSOTE

Pronunciation:  'kreeu`sowt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a dark oily liquid obtained by distillation of coal tar; used as a preservative for wood
  2. [n]  a colorless or yellowish oily liquid obtained by distillation of wood tar; used as an antiseptic
  3. [v]  treat with creosote; "creosoted wood"

CREOSOTE is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: coal-tar creosote
 See Also: organic compound, process, treat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cre"o*sote\ (kr?"?-s?t), n. [Gr. ???, gen. ???, flesh
    + ??? to preserve.] (Chem.)
    Wood-tar oil; an oily antiseptic liquid, of a burning smoky
    taste, colorless when pure, but usually colored yellow or
    brown by impurity or exposure. It is a complex mixture of
    various phenols and their ethers, and is obtained by the
    distillation of wood tar, especially that of beechwood.
    Note: It is remarkable as an antiseptic and deodorizer in the
          preservation of wood, flesh, etc., and in the
          prevention of putrefaction; but it is a poor germicide,
          and in this respect has been overrated. Smoked meat, as
          ham, owes its preservation and taste to a small
          quantity of creosote absorbed from the smoke to which
          it is exposed. Carbolic acid is phenol proper, while
          creosote is a mixture of several phenols.
    {Coal-tar creosote} (Chem.), a colorless or yellow, oily
       liquid, obtained in the distillation of coal tar, and
       resembling wood-tar oil, or creosote proper, in
       composition and properties.
  2. \Cre"o*sote\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Creosoted}
    (-s?"t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Creosoting}.]
    To saturate or impregnate with creosote, as timber, for the
    prevention of decay.