creosote

\ \ [19] The term creosote was coined as German kreosot in the early 1830s. Of creosote’s various properties, the one perhaps most valued in the early days after its discovery was that of being antiseptic. Hence the name kreosot, which was intended to mean ‘flesh-preserver’. The first element, kreo-, is a derivative of Greek kréasflesh’; this also produced English pancreas, and is a descendant of an Indo-European base which was also the source of English crude, cruel, and raw. The second comes from Greek sōtérsaviour, preserver’, a derivative of Greek sōs.
\ \ Cf.CRUDE, CRUEL, PANCREAS, RAW

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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  • créosote — [ kreɔzɔt ] n. f. • 1832; gr. kreas « chair » et sôzein « conserver » ♦ Mélange huileux de phénols et de crésols obtenu par distillation des goudrons du bois (hêtre, bouleau) qu il protège des parasites. Injection de créosote dans des poteaux. La …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Creosote — Cre o*sote (kr[=e] [ o]*s[=o]t), n. [Gr. kre as, gen. kre ws, flesh + sw zein to preserve.] (Chem.) Wood tar oil; an oily antiseptic liquid, of a burning smoky taste, colorless when pure, but usually colored yellow or brown by impurity or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Creosote — Cre o*sote, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Creosoted} ( s? t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Creosoting}.] To saturate or impregnate with creosote, as timber, for the prevention of decay …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • creosote — ► NOUN 1) a dark brown oil distilled from coal tar, used as a wood preservative. 2) a liquid distilled from wood tar and used as an antiseptic. ► VERB ▪ treat with creosote. ORIGIN from Greek kreas flesh + s t r preserver …   English terms dictionary

  • creosote — [krē′ə sōt΄] n. [Ger kreosot < Gr kreas (gen. kreōs), flesh (see CRUDE) + sōtēr, savior < sōzein, to save, preserve < IE base * teu , to swell (> TUMOR); so named (1832) by K. v. Reichenbach (1788 1869), Ger scientist] 1. a… …   English World dictionary

  • creosote — 1835, from Ger. Kreosot, coined 1832 by its discoverer, German born natural philosopher Carl Ludwig, Baron Reichenbach (1788 1869), from Gk. kreo , comb. form of kreas flesh (see RAW (Cf. raw)) + soter preserver, from soizein save, preserve. So… …   Etymology dictionary

  • creosote — |ó| s. m. O mesmo que creosoto.   ‣ Etimologia: alemão Kreosot …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Creosote — For other uses, see Creosote (disambiguation). Creosote is the portion of chemical products obtained by the distillation of a tar that remains heavier than water, notably useful for its anti septic and preservative properties.[1] It is produced… …   Wikipedia

  • creosote — creosotic /kree euh sot ik/, adj. /kree euh soht /, n., v., creosoted, creosoting. n. 1. an oily liquid having a burning taste and a penetrating odor, obtained by the distillation of coal and wood tar, used mainly as a preservative for wood and… …   Universalium

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