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arenaceous

[ar-uh-ney-shuh s]
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adjective
  1. Geology, Petrology. (of rocks) sandlike; sandy.
  2. Botany. growing in sand.

Origin of arenaceous

1640–50; < Latin (h)arēnaceus. See arena, -aceous
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Examples from the Web for arenaceous

Historical Examples

  • There is an arenaceous quality in the style which makes progress wearisome.

    English Critical Essays

    Various

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for arenaceous

arenaceous

adjective
  1. (of sedimentary rocks and deposits) composed of sand or sandstoneCompare argillaceous, rudaceous
  2. (of plants) growing best in a sandy soil

Word Origin

C17: from Latin harēnāceus sandy, from harēna sand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

arenaceous in Science

arenaceous

[ăr′ə-nāshəs]
  1. Resembling, derived from, or containing sand.
  2. Growing in sandy areas.
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