maltha

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n maltha a thick black tar intermediate between petroleum and asphalt
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Maltha A variety of bitumen, viscid and tenacious, like pitch, unctuous to the touch, and exhaling a bituminous odor.
    • Maltha Mortar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maltha A bituminous substance midway in consistency between asphaltum and petroleum. From its tarry appearance, it is sometimes called mineral tar; it is the brea of the Mexican Spanish. By the Romans the word maltha was used as the name of various cements, stuccos, and other preparations of a similar kind employed for repairing cisterns, roofs, etc., and of some of these what is now known as maltha, or some other form of bitumen, in all probability constituted a part Asphaltum and maltha were also used from the earliest times (as stated in Genesis with regard to the building of the Tower of Babel) for the same purpose for which our common mortar is employed, namely to bind together stones and bricks.
    • n maltha Haeckel's term for the gelatinous ground-substance or mesoglcea and contained cells of various kinds, which forms the skeletogenous layer in sponges.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Maltha mal′tha a thick mineral pitch: any similar preparation used by the ancients as a cement, stucco, or mortar.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ma`lqa
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

The flow of gas was so heavy that it clogged his drills with maltha and sand, and from then to now the gas has been escaping.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
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