maltha

noun
mal·​tha | \ˈmalthə\
variants: or less commonly malthite \-​ˌthīt \
plural -s

Definition of maltha 

: a black viscid substance intermediate between petroleum and asphalt

called also earth pitch, mineral tar

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History and Etymology for maltha

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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