Meaning of PARAFFIN in English
n. 1 an inflammable waxy or oily substance obtained by distillation from petroleum or shale, used in liquid form (also paraffin oil) esp. as a fuel. 2 Chem. = ALKANE. paraffin wax paraffin in its solid form.
[ G (1830) f. L parum little + affinis related, from the small affinity it has for other substances ]
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