\ \ [19] The term vaseline was coined around 1872 as a trade name for a sort of petroleum jelly newly brought out by the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company. The first syllable, vas-, comes from an anglicized spelling of German wasserwater’; the second represents the el- of Greek élationoil’; and the third is the scientific-sounding suffix -ine.
\ \ Cf.WATER

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