Definitions for "Oil shale"
A fine-grained sedimentary rock rich in solid organic material called kerogen. When heated, the kerogen liquefies to produce a fluid petroleum fuel.
A dark-colored shale containing an unusual amount of solid organic material. This shale can be crushed and heated to liberate gaseous and liquid hydrocarbons. At present the expenditure required to process oil shale into a fuel makes this effort marginally profitable or unprofitable.
A brown or black clastic source rock containing kerogen.