how to pronounce bitumen


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bitumen is pronounced in three syllables

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meanings of bitumen


  1. Any one of the natural hydrocarbons, including the hard, solid, brittle varieties called asphalt, the semisolid maltha and mineral tars, the oily petrolea, and even the light, volatile naphthas.
  2. Mineral pitch; a black, tarry substance, burning with a bright flame. It occurs as an abundant natural product in many places, as on the shores of the Dead and Caspian Seas. It is used in cements, in the construction of pavements, etc.
  3. Canadian deposits of extremely heavy crude oil.


  1. To cover or fill with bitumen.

bitumen frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word bitumen occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics bitumen can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that bitumen can be often used in the following areas:

1) transport and travel;

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