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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.
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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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In the first seven months of 2012, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year the largest growth (40.6%) in the exports of Bulgaria to EU distributed according to the Standard International Trade Classification was recorded in the section "mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials" and the most notable fall (30.8%) - in section "crude materials, inedible (except fuels)."
Prices of mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials had increased by 7.3% from September to October 2004 and petroleum and petroleum products by 11.5%.
Electronic equipment and components were the country's top imports, followed by mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials.
In a statement, Neda attributed the slide in imports last November to "lower payments for capital goods and mineral fuels and lubricants," which reversed gains in the importation of raw materials, as well as consumer and intermediate products.
The largest growths in imports from non-EU countries were reported in section "Chemical and related products", "Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material" and "Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials"
Prices of mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials had decreased by 2.4% from August to September 2004 and petroleum and petroleum products by 1.8%.
Balisacan attributed the slower merchandise imports in August to "significant declines" in purchases of imported raw materials, intermediate goods, lubricants and mineral fuels.
The imports from the EU also increased in all sections, except in the section "Mineral fuels, lubricant and related materials".
Imports of chemicals increased by 5% while imports of mineral fuels and electric current dropped by 4%.