bi·​tu·​mi·​nous bə-ˈtyü-mə-nəs How to pronounce bituminous (audio)
: containing or impregnated with bitumen
: of or relating to bituminous coal

Examples of bituminous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Penn Keystone Coal sells clean-burning bituminous and anthracite blacksmith’s coal in 50-pound bags protected by a cardboard box. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 4 Apr. 2023 Trade sanctions include a ban on imports from Belarus of goods used for the production or manufacturing of tobacco products, mineral fuels, bituminous substances and gaseous hydrocarbon products, potassium chloride, wood, cement, iron and steel and rubber, according to documents seen by Bloomberg. Aliaksandr Kudrytski,, 3 Mar. 2022 The foundation of the home, as well as the terraced fountain and other details, are made of blue stone, or bituminous rock. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2022 Among other updates, the project calls for the construction of a bituminous trail for cyclists and pedestrians. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 28 Nov. 2022 Within this category, Russia mostly exports petroleum oils, oils obtained from bituminous minerals, and crude. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 1 Mar. 2022 But there it was long overshadowed by the much larger sprawl of bituminous mines in the Ruhr region, just to the north. Alec MacGillis, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2022 Small purple-black fruits had fallen on the rocky, bituminous pavement, their insides splattered, seeping into the cracks. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Mobile’s biggest important product in 2018 was crude oil from petroleum and bituminous minerals, with airplane and helicopter parts placing a distant second. al, 21 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bituminous was in 1620

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“Bituminous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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