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anthracene a crystalline hydrocarbon derived from coal tar and used in making dyes and detecting radiation.
asphalt a sticky brown to black bituminous substance, occurring naturally or obtained as a by-product of refining petroleum and coal tar, and used for paving, roofing, and waterproofing. [1/4 definitions]
benzene a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid, obtained from petroleum and coal tar and used in or to make a wide variety of chemical products, such as insecticides, motor fuels, and solvents.
creosote an oily liquid commercially distilled from coal tar or wood for use as a wood preservative and antiseptic, and produced as a waste product in chimneys from the burning of wood as fuel. [1/2 definitions]
magenta a purplish red dye derived from coal tar; fuchsin. [1/3 definitions]
naphthalene a white, crystalline hydrocarbon compound obtained from coal tar or petroleum and used in making moth repellents, dyes, solvents, and other products.
pyridine a colorless flammable liquid obtained by distilling coal tar or bone oil and used in synthesizing drugs and vitamins, as a solvent, and to denature alcohol.
quinoline a colorless liquid compound obtained from bones, coal tar, or alkaloids, or by synthesis, that is used as a solvent and in the making of dyes, antiseptics, and the like. [1/2 definitions]
toluene a colorless combustible liquid hydrocarbon obtained from coal tar and petroleum, used in high octane fuels, dyes, and explosives, and as a solvent.