Bituminous Bi*tu"mi*nous, a. [L. bituminosus: cf. F. bitumineux.] Having the qualities of bitumen; compounded with bitumen; containing bitumen. [1913 Webster]

Near that bituminous lake where Sodom flamed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Bituminous coal}, a kind of coal which yields, when heated, a considerable amount of volatile bituminous matter. It burns with a yellow smoky flame.

{Bituminous limestone}, a mineral of a brown or black color, emitting an unpleasant smell when rubbed. That of Dalmatia is so charged with bitumen that it may be cut like soap.

{Bituminous shale}, an argillaceous shale impregnated with bitumen, often accompanying coal. [1913 Webster]

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  • bituminous — 1610s, from Fr. bitumineux, from L. bituminosus, from bitumen (see BITUMEN (Cf. bitumen)). The Plain, wherein a black bituminous gurge Boiles out from under ground, the mouth of Hell. [ Paradise Lost, XII.41] …   Etymology dictionary

  • bituminous — [bi to͞o′mə nəs, bī to͞omə nəs, bi tyo͞omə nəs, bī tyo͞omə nəs] adj. [Fr bitumineux < L bitumineus] 1. of the nature of bitumen, esp. with regard to its color and combustibility 2. containing or made from bitumen …   English World dictionary

  • bituminous — 1. adjective Of or pertaining to bitumen. 2. noun a) Bituminous coal. b) A type or grade of bituminous coal …   Wiktionary

  • bituminous — bi•tu•mi•nous [[t]baɪˈtu mə nəs, ˈtyu , bɪ [/t]] adj. 1) chem. resembling or containing bitumen: bituminous shale[/ex] 2) chem. of or pertaining to bituminous coal • Etymology: 1610–20; < L bitūminōsus …   From formal English to slang

  • bituminous — adjective Date: 1620 1. containing or impregnated with bitumen 2. of or relating to bituminous coal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bituminous — /buy tooh meuh neuhs, tyooh , bi /, adj. resembling or containing bitumen: bituminous shale. [1610 20; < L bituminosus, equiv. to bitumin (s. of bitumen) BITUMEN + osus OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • bituminous — adj. Bituminous is used with these nouns: ↑coal …   Collocations dictionary

  • bituminous — /bəˈtjumənəs/ (say buh tyoohmuhnuhs) adjective of, like, or containing bitumen: bituminous shale …  

  • bituminous —   Pikimana.    ♦ Bituminous coal, lānahu pikimana …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • bituminous — bitumen ► NOUN ▪ a black viscous mixture of hydrocarbons obtained naturally or as a residue from petroleum distillation, used for road surfacing and roofing. DERIVATIVES bituminous adjective. ORIGIN Latin …   English terms dictionary

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