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oil sand

noun, Geology.
a sand or sandstone containing oil or tarry residue in the pore spaces.
Origin of oil sand
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When we tap through the sediment we strike into the oil sand, which contains this residue of the diatoms, and an oil well results.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
British Dictionary definitions for oil sand

oil sand

a sandstone impregnated with hydrocarbons, esp such deposits in Alberta, Canada
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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oil sand in Science
oil sand  
A stratum of sand or sandstone containing petroleum that can be extracted by way of wells. The term is also applied to limestone and dolomite strata that contain petroleum.
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