bitumen

noun
bi·​tu·​men | \ bə-ˈtyü-mən How to pronounce bitumen (audio) , 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

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Other Words from bitumen

bituminization \ bə-​ˌtyü-​mə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce bituminization (audio) , bī-​ , -​ˌtü-​ \ noun
bituminize \ bə-​ˈtyü-​mə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce bituminize (audio) , bī-​ , -​ˈtü-​ \ transitive verb

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Its final environmental impact statement in 2014 said bitumen would be extracted irrespective of the pipeline, and shipping the crude by rail or tanker instead would result in 28% to 42% greater CO2 emissions as well as more leaks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Judicial Keystone Kop," 13 Nov. 2018 Crude-bitumen extraction in the western province of Alberta expanded in the month after maintenance and other shutdowns occurred at some facilities in April. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada GDP Rose in May, Beating Expectations," 31 July 2018 While an oil bottleneck in Alberta this year has caused bitumen to trade at a discount of about $40 to West Texas Intermediate, railroad companies are quickly adding capacity. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Judicial Keystone Kop," 13 Nov. 2018 Utah has the nation’s largest deposits of raw oil sand, or bitumen — enough to produce as much as 15 billion barrels of oil and potentially more, according to the Utah Geological Survey. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Canadian firm tests new process to turn Utah sands into oil," 27 Aug. 2018 In April, Canada’s trade surplus with the U.S. widened for the first time in six months, with exports to the U.S. up 3.2% on higher exports of crude oil and crude oil bitumen. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada’s Trade Deficit Narrowed In April," 6 June 2018 In Alberta, tar sands are mined in massive open-pit operations and must be partially processed to create a crude known as diluted bitumen before it is sent by pipeline or rail to be refined into gasoline and other petroleum products. Alan Freeman, Washington Post, "Two of Canada’s biggest provinces are feuding over an oil pipeline. Trudeau is caught in the middle.," 25 May 2018 The project was approved by the federal government in late 2016 but suffered a setback this year when the British Columbia government proposed limiting any increase in shipments of diluted bitumen amid concerns about spills. Kevin Orland, Bloomberg.com, "Kinder Throws Pipeline Into Doubt, Dealing Major Blow to Oil Sands," 9 Apr. 2018 The project was approved by the federal government in late 2016 but suffered a setback this year when the British Columbia government proposed limiting any increase in shipments of diluted bitumen amid concerns about spills. Houston Chronicle, "Kinder Morgan's Canadian pipeline thrown into doubt," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bitumen

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bitumen

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

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