Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) any of various naturally occurring impure mixtures of hydrocarbons

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Alternate forms of Bitumen

Derivations: bituminize, bituminous

Hyponyms: pitch, tar

Hypernyms: hydrocarbon

Origin of the word Bitumen

  1. mid-15c., from L. bitumen "asphalt," probably, via Oscan or Umbrian, from Celtic *betu- "birch, birch resin" (cf. Gaulish betulla "birch," used by Pliny for the tree supposedly the source of bitumen). more

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