One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Liquefied butane stored under pressure in portable containers, used domestically as a substitute for mains gas and in camping as a portable fuel.
- ‘It is a three-wheeler Mini, and it originally ran on petrol or Calor gas.’
- ‘Its remaining turnover came from the sale and haulage of equipment and the sale of Calor gas.’
- ‘We have a garage repairs shop and we also supply Calor gas.’
- ‘Mind you, it's a bit of a trial cooking on a Calor gas stove, but we managed.’
- ‘Their original idea for Calor gas heaters was amended and the corps' parents and supporters group decided that halogen heaters would be safer in a wooden building.’
1930s: Calor from Latin calor ‘heat’.
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