bitumen

noun bi·tu·men \ bə-ˈtyü-mən , bī- , -ˈtü- , especially British also ˈbit-yə- \

Definition of bitumen

1 :an asphalt of Asia Minor used in ancient times as a cement and mortar
2 :any of various mixtures of hydrocarbons (such as tar) often together with their nonmetallic derivatives that occur naturally or are obtained as residues after heat-refining natural substances (such as petroleum); specifically :such a mixture soluble in carbon disulfide

bituminization

play \bə-ˌtyü-mə-nə-ˈzā-shən, bī-, -ˌtü-\ noun

bituminize

play \-ˈtyü-mə-ˌnīz, -ˈtü-\ transitive verb

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Origin and Etymology of bitumen

Middle English bithumen mineral pitch, from Latin bitumin-, bitumen

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