bi·​tu·​mi·​nous | \ bə-ˈtyü-mə-nəs How to pronounce bituminous (audio) , bī-, -ˈtü-\

Definition of bituminous

1 : containing or impregnated with bitumen
2 : of or relating to bituminous coal

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Coal is classified into four categories—anthracite, bituminous, sub-bituminous, and lignite–depending on its carbon content. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Fossil fuels, explained," 2 Apr. 2019 This village named Bluefield was, in reality, surrounded by black bituminous coalfields. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 6: After Apollo, NASA still searching for an encore," 13 Feb. 2018 This particular road is an old concrete road with bituminous over it. Kimberly Fornek,, "Sinkhole forms in Hinsdale over sewer break," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bituminous

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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