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[frag-men-tl] /frægˈmɛn tl/
Geology. clastic (def 3).
Origin of fragmental
First recorded in 1790-1800; fragment + -al1
Related forms
fragmentally, adverb Unabridged
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  • But the walls were admitting a fragmental echo of what must have been a reverberating voice.

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
  • fragmental rocks are often quite indurated—the matrix being as hard as the included stones.

    Geology James Geikie
  • When a fragmental rock is composed chiefly of rocks belonging to the acidic group, we say it is felspathic.

    Geology James Geikie
  • These are overlaid by a series of alternating beds of crystalline (c) and fragmental (t) igneous rocks.

    Geology James Geikie
  • Clastic, klas′tik, adj. breaking into fragments, fragmental.

  • The rocks, so far as I saw them, are massive lavas, and not fragmental scori or other products of explosive eruptions.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • Hence the form or outline of many of these fragmental craters is crescent-shaped.

  • Ancient tuffs are known by the fragmental character of their volcanic material, even though they have been altered to firm rock.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • The result is the production of huge amounts of fragmental volcanic debris.

    Volcanoes Robert I. Tilling
  • The cone-building stage may be said to continue until eruptions of lava and fragmental materials cease altogether.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
British Dictionary definitions for fragmental


(of rocks or deposits) composed of fragments of pre-existing rocks and minerals
another word for fragmentary
Derived Forms
fragmentally, adverb
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