bituminous sand or sandstone from which asphalt can be obtained.
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Origin of tar sand
First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for tar sand
a sandstone in which hydrocarbons have been trapped; the lighter compounds evaporate, leaving a residue of asphalt in the rock pores
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