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petrol (n.)

"gasoline, refined petroleum used in motor-cars," 1895, from French pétrol (1892); earlier used (1580s) in reference to the unrefined substance, from petrole "petroleum" (13c.), from Medieval Latin petroleum (see petroleum).

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of petrol from WordNet

petrol (n.)
a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines;
Synonyms: gasoline / gasolene / gas
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