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A flammable liquid that is used to fuel stoves, furnaces, and lamps. It can also be burned as a commercial jet fuel. Also called paraffin oil, kerosene is a mix of hydrocarbons. Due to its stability compared to other types of fuel, it can be easily handled and transported. Before the prevalence of electricity, kerosene was widely used for lighting.

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