Origin of bitumen
Examples from the Web for bitumen
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.Why Can’t America’s Newest Stealth Jet Land Like It’s Supposed To?|Bill Sweetman|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These two matters being united together produced a red, thick compound, which by evaporation became like a natural Bitumen.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.|Pierre Joseph Macquer
They are making a basket of bulrushes, and plastering it with bitumen.Sermons of Christmas Evans|Joseph Cross
Here also there are buttresses, in which the tiles are cemented with bitumen.The History of Antiquity, Vol. I (of VI)|Max Duncker
I have cut great trenches and cased their sides with bricks and bitumen.The History of Antiquity, Vol. III (of VI)|Max Duncker
You are aware of the self-consciousness of Chicago as soon as you are aware of its bitumen.Your United States|Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for bitumen
- Australian and NZ informal any road with a bitumen surface
- (capital) Australian informal the road in the Northern Territory between Darwin and Alice Springs
Word Origin for bitumen
Word Origin and History for bitumen
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).