noun. ['pəˈtroʊliːəm'] a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons.
- fossil oil
- residual oil
- fossil fuel
- crude oil
- atomic number 6
- petroleum (Latin)
Words that Rhyme with Petroleum
Example sentences of the word petroleum
1. Noun, singular or mass
Smear a little petroleum jelly around the base of strawberry plants.
Quotes containing the word petroleum
1. William James describes a man who got the experience from laughing-gas; whenever he was under its influence, he knew the secret of the universe, but when he came to, he had forgotten it. At last, with immense effort, he wrote down the secret before the vision had faded. When completely recovered, he rushed to see what he had written. It was: "A smell of petroleum prevails throughout.
- Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy