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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tar′ pit`(n.)

  1. a seepage of natural tar or asphalt, esp. an accumulation that has animal bones preserved within it.

    Category: Geology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tar pit(noun)

    a natural accumulation of bitumens at the surface of the earth; often acts as a trap for animals whose bones are thus preserved


  1. Tar pit

    A tar pit, or more accurately known as an asphalt pit or asphalt lake, is a geological occurrence where subterranean bitumen leaks to the surface, creating a large area of natural asphalt. This happens because after the material reaches the surface its lighter components vaporize, leaving only the thick asphalt.


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