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arenaceous

[ar-uh-ney-shuh s] /ˌær əˈneɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
Geology, Petrology. (of rocks) sandlike; sandy.
2.
Botany. growing in sand.
Origin of arenaceous
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin (h)arēnaceus. See arena, -aceous
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  • There is an arenaceous quality in the style which makes progress wearisome.

  • arenaceous Rocks include all sediments in which quartz sand is the most important constituent.

  • But there are other reasons for the comparative paucity of fossils in arenaceous strata, as we shall see presently.

    Geology James Geikie
  • The arenaceous lamin are much hardened at the point of contact, and the clays are converted into siliceous schist.

  • The first are irregular and arenaceous masses, which pile themselves upon plants and solid bodies immerged in fresh water.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • Animated with life, this membrane is irritable and encloses the polyp; it becomes friable or arenaceous in drying.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • The formation at and in the immediate vicinity of Melbourne, is of tertiary deposits associated with arenaceous older rocks.

  • The Arabs say that, once “submerged” beneath the arenaceous “flood”, a man loses the power to extricate himself.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • Fossil shells, Pterocles, found in arenaceous limestone (Durand).

  • The Arabs say that, once "submerged" beneath the arenaceous "flood," a man loses the power to extricate himself.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for arenaceous

arenaceous

/ˌærɪˈneɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
(of sedimentary rocks and deposits) composed of sand or sandstone Compare argillaceous, rudaceous
2.
(of plants) growing best in a sandy soil
Word Origin
C17: from Latin harēnāceus sandy, from harēna sand
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arenaceous in Science
arenaceous
  (ār'ə-nā'shəs)   
  1. Resembling, derived from, or containing sand.

  2. Growing in sandy areas.


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