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tarpit

or tar pit

[tahr-pit]
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noun
  1. seepage of natural tar or asphalt, especially an accumulation that has acted as a natural trap into which animals have fallen and sunk and had their bones preserved.
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Origin of tarpit

First recorded in 1830–40; tar1 + pit1
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