What is Paraffin?

Paraffin definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
a white or colorless, tasteless, odorless, water-insoluble, solid substance not easily acted upon by reagents, consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons chiefly of the alkane series, obtained from crude petroleum: used in candles, for forming preservative coatings and seals, for waterproofing paper, etc.
Chemistry. any member of the alkane of the higher members of the alkane series, solid at ordinary temperatures, having a boiling point above 300