[as-fawl-teen or, esp. British, -fal-]
noun Chemistry.
any of the constituents of a bitumen, as asphalt, that are insoluble in pentane, hexane, or naphthalene.
Compare petrolene.

1830–40; asphalt + -ene Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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