One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hard whitish paraffin wax used with or instead of beeswax.
- ‘I find that the beeswax or ceresin seals the leather grain when it is buffed and is an added ounce of prevention.’
- ‘Formerly implied refined ozocerite: nowadays may often refer to refined HMP wax manufactured from petroleum or a mixture of such a wax with genuine ceresin.’
- ‘Albolene is a moisturizing cleanser containing mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin, ceresin and beta carotene.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin ceres (from Latin cera ‘wax’) + -in.
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