tar pit


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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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tar′ pit`



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