From Cazeline (possibly influenced by Gazeline, the name of an Irish copy), a brand of petroleum-derived lighting oil,[1] from the surname of the man who first marketed it in 1862, John Cassell,[2] and the suffix –eline, from Greek ἔλαιον (élaion, oil, olive oil), from ἐλαία (elaía, olive). Gasolene is found from 1863, and gasoline from 1864.[3]


gasolene (usually uncountable, plural gasolenes)

  1. Alternative spelling of gasoline
    • 1863, The Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle, 1863-09-12, p, 8:
      REFINED COLZA, GASOLENE, PETROLENE, and all Oils suitable for Paraffin and other Lamps.
    • 1864, The Pittsburgh Commercial, 1864-05-27, p. 1:
      Naphtha, of the kind usually known as gasolene, is taxed five per cent ad valorem

Usage notesEdit

This spelling is used in Jamaica, but is antiquated in other places where English is spoken.


  1. ^ The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter, volume 9, page 368, 1865
  2. ^ John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off, Faber & Faber, 2012 →ISBN.
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