tar sand


noun Geology.

bituminous sand or sandstone from which asphalt can be obtained.

Nearby words

  1. tar boy,
  2. tar heel,
  3. tar heel state,
  4. tar pit,
  5. tar river,
  6. tar syndrome,
  7. tara,
  8. tara vine,
  9. taraba,
  10. tarabulus el gharb

Origin of tar sand

First recorded in 1895–1900

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British Dictionary definitions for tar sand

tar sand

noun

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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