oil sand


noun Geology.

a sand or sandstone containing oil or tarry residue in the pore spaces.

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Origin of oil sand

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for oil sand

oil sand

noun

a sandstone impregnated with hydrocarbons, esp such deposits in Alberta, Canada
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Scientific definitions for oil sand

oil sand

A stratum of sand or sandstone containing petroleum that can be extracted by way of wells. The term is also applied to limestone and dolomite strata that contain petroleum.
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