from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless to yellowish oily liquid containing phenols and creosols, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood tar, especially from the wood of a beech, and formerly used as an expectorant in treating chronic bronchitis.
- n. A yellowish to greenish-brown oily liquid containing phenols and creosols, obtained from coal tar and used as a wood preservative and disinfectant. It can cause severe neurological disturbances if inhaled in strong concentrations.
- transitive v. To treat or paint with creosote.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pale yellow oily liquid, containing phenols and similar compounds, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood tar, once used medicinally.
- n. A similar brown liquid obtained from coal tar used as a wood preservative.
- n. The creosote bush.
- v. To apply creosote.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Wood-tar oil; an oily antiseptic liquid, of a burning smoky taste, colorless when pure, but usually colored yellow or brown by impurity or exposure. It is a complex mixture of various phenols and their ethers, and is obtained by the distillation of wood tar, especially that of beechwood.
- transitive v. To saturate or impregnate with creosote, as timber, for the prevention of decay.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A substance first prepared from wood-tar, from which it is separated by repeated solution in potash, treatment with acids, and distillation.
- To apply creosote or a solution of creosote to; treat with creosote: as, to creosote wood to prevent its decay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat with creosote
- n. a dark oily liquid obtained by distillation of coal tar; used as a preservative for wood
- n. a colorless or yellowish oily liquid obtained by distillation of wood tar; used as an antiseptic
German Kreosot : Greek kreas, flesh; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots + Greek sōtēr, preserver (from sōzein, to save; see teuə- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Kreosot, from kreas ("flesh") + soter ("preserver"). (Wiktionary)