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bitumen

  

      n  
1    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  
2    the constituents of coal that can be extracted by an organic solvent  
3    the bitumen  
a      (Austral. and N.Z.)  
informal   any road with a bitumen surface  
b    cap     (Austral)  
informal   the road in the Northern Territory between Darwin and Alice Springs  
4    a transparent brown pigment or glaze made from asphalt  
     (C15: from Latin bitumen, perhaps of Celtic origin)  
  bituminous      adj  
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