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resembling or containing bitumen:
bituminous shale.
Historical Examples

Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XIV Edwin James
The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith
An Elementary Study of Chemistry William McPherson
Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1 Various
American Rural Highways T. R. Agg
A New Guide for Emigrants to the West J. M. Peck
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 7 Various
A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines Andrew Ure
A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines Andrew Ure


The Plain, wherein a black bituminous gurge Boiles out from under ground, the mouth of Hell. [“Paradise Lost,” XII.41]


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