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The kerosene lamp (widely known in Britain as a paraffin lamp) is a type of lighting device that uses kerosene (British "paraffin", as distinct from paraffin wax) as a fuel. Kerosene lamps have a wick and a glass chimney or globe; lamps may be used on a table, or hand-held lanterns may used for portable lighting. There are three types of kerosene lamp: traditional flat wick, central draught (tubular round wick), and mantle lamp. There are three types of kerosene lantern: Dead flame, hot blast, and cold blast.
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1. a lamp that burns oil (as kerosine) for light
(synonym) oil lamp, kerosine lamp
(hyponym) safety lamp, Davy lamp
(part-meronym) lamp chimney, chimney
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