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


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]

Usage notesEdit

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