Oil lamp

object used to produce light continuously for a period of time using an oil-based fuel source

An oil lamp is a lamp used for lighting by burning oil. Usually, it produces a flame by burning olive oil, or another vegetable oil, or whale oil during the 1700s and 1800s.[1] They burned cleaner, with less smoke, than candles and other sources of light before electricity.

A traditional oil lamp
Traditional oil lamp with a Christian symbol

The lamps were usually made of pottery or metal or glass. An old story in the 1001 Nights has Aladdin cleaning (rubbing the lamp) and making a Genie appear.

Late in the 19th century, those lamps were mostly replaced by kerosene lamps.

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  1. "Oil History". Samuel T Pees. Retrieved 21 March 2013.