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clay stone

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noun Geology.
  1. argillite.

Origin of clay stone

First recorded in 1770–80
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claystones in Science


  1. A fine-grained, dark gray to pink sedimentary rock consisting primarily of compacted and hardened clay. Claystone is similar to shale but without laminations.
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