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(Elements & Compounds) a white insoluble odourless waxlike solid consisting mainly of alkane hydrocarbons with melting points in the range 50°–60°C, used in candles, waterproof paper, and as a sealing agent. Also called: paraffin
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|Noun||1.||paraffin wax - from crude petroleum; used for candles and for preservative or waterproof coatings|
wax - any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
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