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coal-tar pitch

coal tar
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Definitions of coal-tar pitch words

  • noun coal-tar pitch a residue left by the distillation of coal tar: a mixture of hydrocarbons and finely divided carbon used as a binder for fuel briquettes, road surfaces, and carbon electrodes 3
  • noun coal-tar pitch a thick, black, viscid liquid formed during the distillation of coal, that upon further distillation yields compounds, as benzene, anthracene, and phenol, from which are derived a large number of dyes, drugs, and other synthetic compounds, and that yields a final residuum (coal-tar pitch) which is used chiefly in making pavements. 1

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Origin of coal-tar pitch

First appearance:

before 1775
One of the 45% newest English words
First recorded in 1775-85

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Parts of speech for Coal-tar pitch

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

coal-tar pitch popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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