A few years ago birds began dying after landing on these lakes and getting slathered in bitumen.
Many runways are asphaltic concrete—aggregate in a bitumen binder—which softens and melts under heat.
The nature of this bitumen is very different from that of coal.
Sailors approaching the coast in a fog can recognize the Santa Barbara Channel by the smell of bitumen which floats on the water.
Not far are springs of bitumen, which Monardes mentions (and which the Indians use as remedy for chills).
Sometimes the body, enveloped in the cloth, was covered with bitumen.
The floors of the chambers were paved with burnt brick, laid in bitumen.
It looks like black sulphur (bitumen), and has a brimstone smell.
Well, Nora, what is it that has brought you to bitumen at this of all times?
Some of these walls he built of burnt brick and bitumen, and some of brick only.
mid-15c., from Latin 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).