What does the word paraffin mean?

Usage examples for paraffin

  1. There are spoons and knives of bone on the peat wall, and a small paraffin lamp hangs from the roof. – Look Back on Happiness by Knut Hamsun
  2. They village folk never paid their owings, and yet even a fellow like Brede Olsen could come up to Storborg that winter and get cotton print and coffee and molasses and paraffin on credit. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  3. Everyone bowed, and then Miss Grey said simply: " It was only that my lamp has gone out; you know there isn't any gas on my floor, and I remembered you had paraffin for your reading lamp.... – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse

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