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A black, viscous natural bitumen.
[Middle English malthe, from Latin maltha, from Greek, a mixture of wax and pitch; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Minerals) another name for mineral tar
2. (Elements & Compounds) 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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|Noun||1.||maltha - a thick black tar intermediate between petroleum and asphalt|
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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