tar pit


Definition of tar pit

: an area in which natural bitumens collect and are exposed at the earth's surface and which tends to trap animals and preserve their hard parts (such as bones or teeth)

Examples of tar pit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stagg is usually accompanied by Sapphire and aide-de-camp Java (a super-strong Neanderthal that Stagg found preserved in a tar pit and somehow restored to life, who is also in love with Sapphire). Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Captain Comics: The stories behind ‘Wonder Woman 1984’," 2 Jan. 2021 The amoeba shape encroached on the tar pit, which is an active excavation site, and the director of the natural-history museum objected. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum," 5 Oct. 2020 And like Sabbath, these guys get that channeling a trudge through the tar pits can yield much heavier results than playing fast. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Here's your guide to the best local concerts in Phoenix this March," 5 Mar. 2020 They were mesmerized by the mammoth in the tar pits. Dorany Pinedastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Mammoth memories: L.A. loves the La Brea Tar Pits’ potentially displaced creatures," 27 Aug. 2019 The adjacent Los Angeles County Museum of Art, just west of the tar pits, is expected to break ground next year on a new building. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "The La Brea Tar Pits are getting a makeover. Here's why," 6 June 2019 Lindsey said there are about a dozen known fossilized tar pits in the world: the western part of the Americas, the Caribbean, Trinidad, Cuba, Venezuela, southern Ecuador and northern Peru, and some less well studied in Asia. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Preserving the unique history of the La Brea Tar Pits," 11 Oct. 2019 The tar pits and the accompanying George C. Page Museum have become landmarks in their own right, serving as a tourist standby and appearing in countless movies. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: A new face for the La Brea Tar Pits on a changing Wilshire Boulevard," 7 June 2019 Vanderbilt University paleontologist Larisa DeSantis grew up in the Los Angeles area and frequently visited the tar pits in her youth, even taking museum classes on offer. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fossilized teeth of Ice Age predators yield clues to why certain species survived," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tar pit

1839, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Tar pit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tar%20pit. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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