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noun as in asphalt

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The bricks in Mesopotamian ziggurats were set with bitumen from oil seeps, and people in China were drilling oil wells in the fourth century.

It would transport bitumen and liquefied natural gas drawn from the tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast, mainly in Texas.

A few years ago birds began dying after landing on these lakes and getting slathered in bitumen.

Many runways are asphaltic concrete—aggregate in a bitumen binder—which softens and melts under heat.

They pump their haul of diluted bitumen into tanker cars in the terminal's loading yard, thick with the smell of petroleum.

Felt covered with bitumen is an excellent substitute for asphalt, and is not liable to crack or squeeze out.

He speaks of circular craft, covered with skins and caulked with bitumen, and made on wooden frames.

The tops of these arches were covered with stones, rushes and bitumen, and plates of lead, to prevent leakage.

They brought before me in a cloud of bitumen and sulphur Duke Rauking, who, the sacrilegious wretch!

Asphalt, or Asphaltum, the most common variety of bitumen; also called mineral pitch.


On this page you'll find 2 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to bitumen, such as: blacktop.

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