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Meaning of BITUMEN

Pronunciation:  bi'toomun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any of various naturally occurring impure mixtures of hydrocarbons

BITUMEN is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 See Also: hydrocarbon, pitch, tar



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bi*tu"men\, n. [L. bitumen: cf. F. bitume. Cf.
1. Mineral pitch; a black, tarry substance, burning with a
   bright flame; Jew's pitch. It occurs as an abundant
   natural product in many places, as on the shores of the
   Dead and Caspian Seas. It is used in cements, in the
   construction of pavements, etc. See {Asphalt}.

2. By extension, any one of the natural hydrocarbons,
   including the hard, solid, brittle varieties called
   asphalt, the semisolid maltha and mineral tars, the oily
   petroleums, and even the light, volatile naphthas.

Easton Bible Dictionary

Gen. 11:3, R.V., margin, rendered in the A.V. "slime"), a mineral pitch. With this the ark was pitched (6:14. See also Ex. 2:3.) (See SLIME.)