Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • American manufacturer, and one of unknown origin, but sold as beech-wood creosote (German), and each proved to be _pure wood creosote_.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882

  • That, in turn, can create a big problem, especially if the chimney is lined with creosote, which is combustible, the National Association of State Fire Marshals cautions.

    Wrap rage, heavy metals and other dangers under the tree

  • The view from this window was of Mad Uncle Jack's tree house, built entirely of dried fish and covered in creosote.

    Excerpt: Dreadful Acts by Philip Ardagh

  • - The chimney must be cleaned regularly because a black, sticky substance called creosote condenses inside the chimney.

    5. Heat, Fire and Stoves

  • He said there were concerns about the toxic oil pitch known as creosote that the railroad used to weatherproof the structure.

    Phillies Zone

  • The creosote is the most drought-tolerant perennial plant in North America.

    Tucson Citizen

  • A substance, derived from the wood called creosote, is used to help human and animal medicinal causes.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • It is different than the more commonly known coal tar creosote, which is made of petrochemicals and is the world's most widely used wood preservative, applied to power poles, railroad ties and bridge timbers.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • If you've ever looked carefully at your cellphone contract, you may discover that you get 37 anytime minutes, 123 afternoon minutes, 93 double secret minutes and 19 bonus minutes if you can use the words "creosote" and "smock" in casual conversation.

    Mutual fund fees add up, so don't pay more than you must

  • Species range from drought-resistant shrubs such as creosote bush Larrea tridentata and prickly pear Opuntia spp., sotol Dasilyrion wheeleri and Agave spp. to walnut Juglans spp., hackberry Celtis spp., oak Quercus spp. and soapberry trees Sapindus spp. in the richer soil of the canyons.

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park, United States

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • This substance is used on fences to keep horses from damaging them.

    July 31, 2012

  • Creosote is the sticky resin left behind in the stovepipe when wood is burned. It can build up and cause chimney fires.

    February 6, 2008


  • Torchy Gets Her Man

    November 1, 2007