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oil shale

n.
A black or dark brown shale containing hydrocarbons that yield petroleum by distillation.

oil shale

n
(Geological Science) a fine-grained shale containing oil, which can be extracted by heating

oil′ shale`



n.
a black or dark-brown shale or siltstone rich in bitumens, from which shale oil is obtained.
[1870–75]
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Noun1.oil shale - shale from which oil can be obtained by heating
shale - a sedimentary rock formed by the deposition of successive layers of clay
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