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rock flour

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noun
  1. glacial meal.

Origin of rock flour

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for rock flour

Historical Examples

  • Nearly all of the soil in the Park is rock-flour that was ground by glaciers, and in part distributed by them.

    Your National Parks

    Enos A. Mills

  • Mountains are moved piecemeal, and are ground to boulders, pebbles, and rock-flour in the moving.

    Your National Parks

    Enos A. Mills

  • Mountains were moved piecemeal, and ground to boulders, pebbles, and rock-flour in the moving.


British Dictionary definitions for rock flour

rock flour

noun
  1. very finely powdered rock, produced when rocks are ground together (as along the faces of a moving fault or during the motion of glaciers) and are thus chemically unweathered
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