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or saccharoidal

[sak-uh-roid or sak-uh-roi-dl] /ˈsæk əˌrɔɪd or ˌsæk əˈrɔɪ dl/
adjective, Geology. (of rock)
having a granular texture like that of loaf sugar.
Origin of saccharoid
First recorded in 1825-35; sacchar- + -oid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Limestone becomes granular and saccharoid—it is changed into marble.

  • When nearer the junction it becomes grey, and has a saccharoid structure.

  • Mica-schist, gneiss, and saccharoid marble are typical of this class.

    Geology James Geikie
  • The limestone at this locality is white and saccharoid, with large rhombohedral crystals of calcspar.

    In the Arctic Seas Francis Leopold McClintock
  • saccharoid marble is one of the fine varieties: it frequently contains flakes of mica.

    Geology James Geikie
  • The saccharoid and lamellar, or statuary marbles, belong entirely to primitive and transition districts.

  • The siliceous beds accompanying the saccharoid limestone have, in short, a character of their own.

British Dictionary definitions for saccharoid


(geology) Also saccharoidal. having or designating a texture resembling that of loaf sugar: saccharoid marble
(biochem) any of a group of polysaccharides that remotely resemble sugars, but are not sweet and are often insoluble
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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