maltha

[mal-thuh]
noun
  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.

Origin of maltha

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

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

Word Origin for maltha

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