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  • noun See asphalt.

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  • noun Archaic form of asphalt.


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  • "asphaltus;" a work too bulky for ideal architects.

    Lives of the Poets, Volume 1 Samuel Johnson 1746

  • I have seen cisterns of asphaltus, very well made, which may last a long time.

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • This, then, was not a natural petrifaction, operated by asphaltus and salt, but an evident miracle.

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • The real asphaltus is that which was obtained in the vicinity of

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • All the wells are brackish; you find asphaltus and corrosive salt on first striking a spade into the ground.

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • Be this as it may, not one of our travellers has yet thought fit to examine the soil of Sodom, with its asphaltus, its salt, its trees and their fruits, to weigh the water of the lake, to analyze it, to ascertain whether bodies of greater specific gravity than common water float upon its surface, and to give us a faithful account of the natural history of the country.

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • It may also be said that the people who colonized these villages prepared the asphaltus, and carried on a useful trade in it.

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • Several lakes are full of asphaltus, or a bitumen resembling it, as others are strongly impregnated with nitre.

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • It would, however, be very natural for some Jews to amuse themselves with cutting a heap of asphaltus into a rude figure, and calling it

    A Philosophical Dictionary 2007

  • Probably the asphaltus or bitumen was occasionally set on fire by the neighbouring people.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II 46-120? Plutarch 1839


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