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Meaning of EARTH WAX

Pronunciation:  urth waks

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a waxy mineral that is a mixture of hydrocarbons and occurs in association with petroleum; some varieties are used in making ceresin and candles
 
 Synonyms: ader wax, mineral wax, ozocerite, ozokerite
 
 See Also: mineral

 

 

Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: A type of bitumin (semisolid to solid hydrocarbon substance) which is composed mostly of alkanes with high molecular weights. The substance is a waxy solid found in irregular veinlike deposits within stressed rocks and have colors ranging from greenish to brown to jet black. It is formed from oils, or liquid petroleum, of the same composition which have been exposed to the surface, have been exposed to oxidation and biodegradation, and/or whose liquid components have evaporated.
 

 

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