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nounmass nountrademark in US
A fuel consisting of an emulsion of bitumen in water.
- ‘Orimulsion is a bitumen and water mixture mined in Venezuela.’
- ‘Orimulsion, a bitumen-in-water emulsified fuel produced in Venezuela, has shown increased use throughout the world as a replacement for heavy fuel oil’
- ‘The facility closed with the loss of hundreds of jobs after a bid to burn the controversial fuel Orimulsion at the plant failed.’
1980s: blend of Orinoco (the name of an oil belt in Venezuela, where the bitumen was originally extracted) and emulsion.
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