oil shale


nounGeology.
  1. a black or dark-brown shale or siltstone rich in bitumens, from which shale oil is obtained by destructive distillation.

Origin of oil shale

1
First recorded in 1870–75

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How to use oil shale in a sentence

  • Oil-shale is plentiful on the Congo River near Ponthierville and good indications of oil are recorded in other places.

    An African Adventure | Isaac F. Marcosson
  • Also it is distilled in Scotland from oil shale, from which paraffin oil and wax and similar substances are produced.

    The Mastery of the Air | William J. Claxton

British Dictionary definitions for oil shale

oil shale

noun
  1. a fine-grained shale containing oil, which can be extracted by heating

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Scientific definitions for oil shale

oil shale

  1. A fine-grained black or dark brown shale containing hydrocarbons in the form of kerogen. When heated, oil shale yields petroleum or natural gas.

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