- the assemblage of rocks, rich in silica and alumina, that comprise the continental portions of the upper layer of the earth's crust.
Origin of sial
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During the Mutiny of 1857 the Sial leader again proved his loyalty by serving in person on the British side.
Sialogogue, sī-al′o-gog, n. a drug which increases the secretion of saliva—also Sial′agogue.
- the silicon-rich and aluminium-rich rocks of the earth's continental upper crust, the most abundant individual rock being granite
C20: si (licon) + al (uminium)
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