One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The oily volatile component of asphalt, originally considered to consist of a single hydrocarbon and later discovered to be a mixture of compounds; any of a variety of compounds present in this mixture.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal. From French pétrolène from pétrole + -ène.
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