/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]

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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