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fossil fuel

n.
A hydrocarbon-based fuel, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas, derived from living matter of a previous geologic time.
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fossil fuel

n
(Biochemistry) any naturally occurring carbon or hydrocarbon fuel, such as coal, petroleum, peat, and natural gas, formed by the decomposition of prehistoric organisms
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fos′sil fu`el


n.
any combustible organic material, as oil, coal, or natural gas, derived from the remains of former life.
[1835–45]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fossil fuel - fuel consisting of the remains of organisms preserved in rocks in the earth's crust with high carbon and hydrogen contentfossil fuel - fuel consisting of the remains of organisms preserved in rocks in the earth's crust with high carbon and hydrogen content
coal - fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter deposited in the Carboniferous period
fuel - a substance that can be consumed to produce energy; "more fuel is needed during the winter months"; "they developed alternative fuels for aircraft"
natural gas, gas - a fossil fuel in the gaseous state; used for cooking and heating homes
crude, crude oil, fossil oil, petroleum, rock oil, oil - a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons
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fossil fuel

ncombustibile m fossile
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Total UK dependency on fossi fuels was 88.3% in the first quarter of 2013.