One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flammable hydrocarbon gas of the alkane series, present in petroleum and natural gas. It is used in bottled form as a fuel.
Chemical formula: CH₃CH₂CH₂CH₃See also isobutane
- ‘Sudden sniffing death is particularly associated with abuse of butane, propane and chemicals in aerosols.’
- ‘Mr Edwards explained that deodorants and other aerosols contain propellants, like butane, to dry the particles.’
- ‘The remaining butane and methane are recycled and reused to fuel the process.’
- ‘Sgt Tim Bright, of York police, warned: ‘Solvents and butane can and do kill young people the first time they try them.’’
- ‘He filmed them apparently putting butane gas into a bottle and setting fire to it.’
Late 19th century: from butyl + -ane.
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