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  1. a liquid bitumen used in ancient times as a mortar or waterproofing agent.
  2. any of various natural mixtures of bituminous hydrocarbons.
  3. a viscous mineral liquid or semiliquid bitumen; a mineral tar.
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Origin of maltha

1375–1425; late Middle English malthe < Latin < Greek máltha, málthē mixed wax and pitch
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Historical Examples

  • The flow of gas was so heavy that it clogged his drills with maltha and sand, and from then to now the gas has been escaping.

    The New North

    Agnes Deans Cameron

  • Heineccius and others relate that maltha also was employed for seals.

  • This Order is the same as that of Maltha, and is only separated from it since Luther.

British Dictionary definitions for maltha


  1. another name for mineral tar
  2. any of various naturally occurring mixtures of hydrocarbons, such as ozocerite
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Word Origin

C15: via Latin from Greek: a mixture of wax and pitch
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