• (British) IPA: /ˈpæɹ.ə.fɪn/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɛɹ.ə.fɪn/


  1. (UK) A petroleum-based thin and colorless fuel oil
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 57
      She poured paraffin on the dry floors and on the pandanus-mats, and then she set fire.
    Synonyms: kerosene
  2. (chemistry) Any member of the alkane hydrocarbons.
  3. Paraffin wax.
Translations Verb

paraffin (paraffins, present participle paraffining; past and past participle paraffined)

  1. To impregnate or treat with paraffin.
  2. To embed in paraffin wax.

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