Meaning of NAPHTHA in English


— naphthous , adj.

/naf"theuh, nap"-/ , n.

1. a colorless, volatile petroleum distillate, usually an intermediate product between gasoline and benzine, used as a solvent, fuel, etc. Cf. mineral spirits .

2. any of various similar liquids distilled from other products.

3. petroleum.

[ 1565-75; náphthas, perh. nafta, deriv. of * nab- to be damp; cf. Avestan napta- damp, Persian naft naphtha ]

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