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tarpit

or tar pit

[tahr-pit] /ˈtɑrˌpɪt/
noun
1.
seepage of natural tar or asphalt, especially an accumulation that has acted as a natural trap into which animals have fallen and sunk and had their bones preserved.
Origin of tarpit
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; tar1 + pit1
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