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.

Phrases and idioms:

paraffin wax paraffin in its solid form.

Etymology: G (1830) f. L parum little + affinis related, from the small affinity it has for other substances

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.