Definition of bituminous in English:


Line breaks: bi¦tu¦min|ous
Pronunciation: /bɪˈtjuːmɪnəs


  • Of, containing, or of the nature of bitumen.
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    • In 1937 the first cationic surfactants were used in bituminous road construction and these were quaternary ammonium salts.
    • It was also postulated that the slow settling of organic material from the surface produced the bituminous carbonate layers known as oil shale.
    • Neither uses bituminous tars or asphalts, neither requires painting, and both age to beautiful patinas.


mid 16th century: from French bitumineux, from Latin bituminosus.

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