Mineral tar
Tar Tar, n. [OE. terre, tarre, AS. teru, teoru; akin to D. teer, G. teer, theer, Icel. tjara, Sw. tj["a]ra, Dan. ti[ae]re, and to E. tree. [root]63. See {Tree}.] A thick, black, viscous liquid obtained by the distillation of wood, coal, etc., and having a varied composition according to the temperature and material employed in obtaining it. [1913 Webster]

{Coal tar}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Mineral tar} (Min.), a kind of soft native bitumen.

{Tar board}, a strong quality of millboard made from junk and old tarred rope. --Knight.

{Tar water}. (a) A cold infusion of tar in water, used as a medicine. (b) The ammoniacal water of gas works.

{Wood tar}, tar obtained from wood. It is usually obtained by the distillation of the wood of the pine, spruce, or fir, and is used in varnishes, cements, and to render ropes, oakum, etc., impervious to water. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • mineral tar — n. MALTHA (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • mineral tar — noun a thick black tar intermediate between petroleum and asphalt • Syn: ↑maltha • Hypernyms: ↑mineral * * * noun : maltha * * * bitumen of the consistency of tar; maltha. [1790 1800] * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • mineral tar — bitumen of the consistency of tar; maltha. [1790 1800] * * * …   Universalium

  • mineral tar — /mɪnərəl ˈta/ (say minuhruhl tah) noun bitumen of the consistency of tar; maltha …   Australian English dictionary

  • mineral tar — See mineral oil …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Tar — Tar, n. [OE. terre, tarre, AS. teru, teoru; akin to D. teer, G. teer, theer, Icel. tjara, Sw. tj[ a]ra, Dan. ti[ae]re, and to E. tree. [root]63. See {Tree}.] A thick, black, viscous liquid obtained by the distillation of wood, coal, etc., and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tar board — Tar Tar, n. [OE. terre, tarre, AS. teru, teoru; akin to D. teer, G. teer, theer, Icel. tjara, Sw. tj[ a]ra, Dan. ti[ae]re, and to E. tree. [root]63. See {Tree}.] A thick, black, viscous liquid obtained by the distillation of wood, coal, etc., and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tar water — Tar Tar, n. [OE. terre, tarre, AS. teru, teoru; akin to D. teer, G. teer, theer, Icel. tjara, Sw. tj[ a]ra, Dan. ti[ae]re, and to E. tree. [root]63. See {Tree}.] A thick, black, viscous liquid obtained by the distillation of wood, coal, etc., and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mineral — Synonyms and related words: alabaster, alabastrine, amphibole, antimony, apatite, aplite, arsenic, asbestine, asbestos, asphalt, azurite, bauxite, bitumen, boron, brimstone, bromine, brucite, calcite, carbon, celestite, chalcedony, chlorite,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • mineral oil — Petroleum, mineral tar, rock oil, stone oil, Barbadoes tar, Seneca oil …   New dictionary of synonyms

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