Variant of asphalt
- a brown or black, tarlike, bituminous substance that consists mainly of hydrocarbons, found in large flat beds or made by refining petroleum
- a mixture of this with sand or gravel, for cementing, paving, roofing, etc.
Origin: Midieval Latin asphaltus ; from Classical Greek asphaltos, probably ; from a-, not plush sphallein, to cause to fall, injure (; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)p(h)el-, to split off from source spill): uncertain or unknown; perhaps so named because of use as protective substance for walls
- asphaltic adjective
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