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Nov

Why was kerosene called kerosene?⠀

The name was coined by the Canadian geologist Abraham Pineo Gesner, a contraction of “keroselaion”, from the Greek “keroselaion” meaning wax-oil. However, it would be further 8 years before he’d register a trademark on the name “kerosene” in 1854.⠀ This may have been due in part to the discovery and subsequent patents taken out by Scottish chemist […]