One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A brown or black paraffin wax occurring naturally in some shales and sandstones and formerly used in candles, polishes, and electrical insulation.
- ‘The oil field in Upper Cretaceous sandstones at Teapot Dome was discovered in the 1880s based on surface occurrences of a waxy hydrocarbon, ‘ozokerite’, within calcite-lined fractures.’
- ‘Ceresine Waxes typically melt between 130-160 degrees Fahrenheit, while Ozokerite Waxes generally melt at the higher range of 140-200 degrees Fahrenheit.’
Mid 19th century: from German Ozokerit, from Greek ozein ‘to smell’ + kēros ‘wax’.
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