Creosote

Definition of Creosote

Cre´o`sote   Pronunciation: krē´ô`sōt
n.1.(Chem.) Wood-tar oil; an oily antiseptic liquid, of a burning smoky taste, colorless when pure, but usually colored yellow or brown by impurity or exposure. It is a complex mixture of various phenols and their ethers, and is obtained by the distillation of wood tar, especially that of beechwood.
Coal-tar creosote
(Chem.) a colorless or yellow, oily liquid, obtained in the distillation of coal tar, and resembling wood-tar oil, or creosote proper, in composition and properties.
v. t.1.To saturate or impregnate with creosote, as timber, for the prevention of decay.
[imp. & p. p. Creosoted (-s?"t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. Creosoting.]

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coal-tar creosote, process, treat
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