maltha

maltha

[mal-thuh]
noun
1.
a liquid bitumen used in ancient times as a mortar or waterproofing agent.
2.
any of various natural mixtures of bituminous hydrocarbons.
3.
a viscous mineral liquid or semiliquid bitumen; a mineral tar.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English malthe < Latin < Greek máltha, málthē mixed wax and pitch

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maltha (ˈmælθə)
 
n
1.  another name for mineral tar
2.  any of various naturally occurring mixtures of hydrocarbons, such as ozocerite
 
[C15: via Latin from Greek: a mixture of wax and pitch]

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