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  • n. A compound in which tar or asphalt combined with animal or vegetable oils is vulcanized by sulphur, the product closely resembling rubber; formerly used as an insulating material in telegraphy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A compound in which tar or asphaltum combined with animal or vegetable oils is vulcanized by sulphur, the product closely resembling rubber; -- used principally as an insulating material in telegraphy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of artificial vulcanite in which the caoutchouc is replaced by asphaltum or tar, combined with animal or vegetable oils.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek, from a word meaning "horn".

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