Meaning of CREOSOTE in English

I. ˈkrēəˌsōt, usu -ōd.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: German kreosot, from kre- cre- + Greek sōtēr preserver, from sōzein to preserve; akin to Latin tumēre to swell — more at thumb

1. also creasote “ : a colorless or yellowish oily liquid that has a burning smoky taste, contains a mixture of phenolic compounds (as guaiacol), is obtained by the distillation of wood tar, especially that of beechwood, and is used chiefly as an expectorant in chronic bronchitis and as a collector and frother in ore flotation — called also wood creosote

2. : creosote oil 2

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to impregnate (wood) with creosote oil

III. noun

: a dark brown or black flammable tar deposited from especially wood smoke on the walls of a chimney

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