One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A colorless liquid which is the chief constituent of wood-tar creosote.
- ‘Laminated Belting is not resistant to concentrated organic & inorganic acids, phenols & creosols.’
- ‘These toxic by-products include, but are not limited to hydrogen sulfide, phenols, creosols, indoles, and ammonia.’
- ‘The aqueous layer is removed and washed three times with 200-ml. portions of benzene, and the benzene extracts are combined with the crude creosol separated initially.’
- ‘The EPA has banned creosol use because of health risks associated with it.’
- ‘The witness said that she smelled a substance similar in odor to creosol.’
Mid 19th century: from creosote + -ol.
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