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tar pit

n.
An accumulation of natural bitumen at the earth's surface, especially one that traps animals and preserves their bones and other hard parts.

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n.
a seepage of natural tar or asphalt, esp. an accumulation that has animal bones preserved within it.
[1830–40]

tar pit

An accumulation of natural tar or asphalt at the Earth's surface, especially one that traps animals and preserves their bones.
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Noun1.tar pit - a natural accumulation of bitumens at the surface of the earth; often acts as a trap for animals whose bones are thus preserved
cavity, pit - a sizeable hole (usually in the ground); "they dug a pit to bury the body"
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In the city's west side, the team of paleontologists from Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and the crew of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority made a startling discovery about a year ago.
They include "hundreds of thousands of Smilodon bones" found at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, according to the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
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The La Brea Tar Pits literally means "the the tar tar
The first preserved leafcutter bees from the Pleistocene epoch have turned up in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.
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