bituminous

[bahy-too-muh-nuh s, -tyoo-, bi-]
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Origin of bituminous

1610–20; < Latin bitūminōsus, equivalent to bitūmin- (stem of bitūmen) bitumen + -ōsus -ous
Related formsnon·bi·tu·mi·nous, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bituminous
adj.

1610s, from French bitumineux, from Latin bituminosus, from bitumen (see bitumen).

The Plain, wherein a black bituminous gurge Boiles out from under ground, the mouth of Hell. ["Paradise Lost," XII.41]
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