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  1. (dated) Naturally-occuring liquid petroleum.
  2. Any of a wide variety of aliphatic or aromatic liquid hydrocarbon mixtures distilled from petroleum or coal tar, especially as used in solvents or petrol.
    • 1995, Philip Pullman, Northern Lights:
    • : The Common Room and the Library were lit by anbaric light, but the Scholars preferred the older, softer lamps in the Retiring Room.
    Etymology: From Latin, naphtha, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, ).

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