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America's Crude Reality: Beyond the Gulf Disaster

Quiz: QUIZ: Crude Realities

Question 1 of 10

The word "petroleum" is based on the Latin words for rock and oil. True or false?

  1. True
  2. False
Correct!

True. This Middle English word from the 15th century is derived from the Latin "petr" meaning stone or rock, and "oleum" meaning oil.

SOURCE:Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary