any of various natural substances, as asphalt, maltha, or gilsonite, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons.
(formerly) an asphalt of Asia Minor used as cement and mortar.
Contemporary Examples

Why Can’t America’s Newest Stealth Jet Land Like It’s Supposed To? Bill Sweetman May 25, 2014
Our Trip to The Climate War’s Ground Zero Darren Aronofsky September 18, 2014

Historical Examples

The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II Thomas Lord Cochrane
The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864 Various
The History of Cuba, vol. 1 Willis Fletcher Johnson
Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California Caroline C. Leighton
The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 1. (of 7): Chaldaea George Rawlinson
Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal, No. 455 Various
Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall Jean K. Baird
Against Apion Flavius Josephus

any of various viscous or solid impure mixtures of hydrocarbons that occur naturally in asphalt, tar, mineral waxes, etc: used as a road surfacing and roofing material
the constituents of coal that can be extracted by an organic solvent
any liquid suitable for coating aggregates
the bitumen

(Austral & NZ, informal) any road with a bitumen surface
(capital) (Austral, informal) the road in the Northern Territory between Darwin and Alice Springs

a transparent brown pigment or glaze made from asphalt
Any of various flammable mixtures of hydrocarbons and other substances found in asphalt and tar. Bitumens occur naturally or are produced from petroleum and coal.


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