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Amurca is the bitter-tasting, dark-colored, watery sediment that settles out of unfiltered olive oil over time. It is also known as "olive oil lees" in English and Turtub in Jordan.[1] Historically, amurca was used for numerous purposes,[2] including as a building material, pesticide,[3] herbicide,[3] and even as an astringent, which was called by the same name. According to Marcus Cato, firewood treated with "crude" amurca burns smokelessly.[4]


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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al.