petroleum spirit definition

  • noun:
    • petroleum ether
    • a volatile liquid obtained when you look at the distillation of crude petroleum at a temperature of 170° Fahr., or the following. The word is pretty loosely applied to a substantial range of services and products, including benzine and ligroin. The terms petroleum ether, and naphtha, are now and again placed on the still much more volatile services and products, including rhigolene, gas, cymogene, etc.
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