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o·zo·ce·rite(ō′zō-sîr′īt′) also o·zo·ke·rite (-kîr′-)
A yellow-brown to black or green hydrocarbon wax, found in irregular veins in sandstones and used in making electrical insulation and polishes.
[Greek ozein, to smell + Greek kēros, wax + -ite.]
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(Elements & Compounds) a brown or greyish wax that occurs associated with petroleum and is used for making candles and wax paper. Also called: earth wax or mineral wax
[C19: from German Ozokerit, from Greek ozein to smell + kēros beeswax]
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o•zo•ce•rite(oʊˈzoʊ kəˌraɪt, -səˌraɪt, ˌoʊ zoʊˈsɪər aɪt)
also o•zo•ke•rite(-kəˌraɪt, -ˈkɪər aɪt)
a waxlike mixture of natural solid hydrocarbons: used for insulation and in candles. Also called mineral wax.
[1830–40; < German Ozokerit < Greek óz(ein) to smell + -o- -o- + kēr(ós) wax]
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|Noun||1.||ozocerite - a waxy mineral that is a mixture of hydrocarbons and occurs in association with petroleum; some varieties are used in making ceresin and candles|
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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