variants or less commonly malthite
plural -s
: a black viscid substance intermediate between petroleum and asphalt

called also earth pitch, mineral tar

Word History


maltha from Latin, soft mixture of wax and pitch, from Greek maltha, malthē; akin to Greek malthakos soft; malthite from maltha + -ite

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“Maltha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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