arenaceous

[ ar-uh-ney-shuhs ]
/ ˌær əˈneɪ ʃəs /

adjective

Geology, Petrology. (of rocks) sandlike; sandy.
Botany. growing in sand.

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Origin of arenaceous

1640–50; <Latin (h)arēnaceus.See arena, -aceous
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British Dictionary definitions for arenaceous

arenaceous
/ (ˌærɪˈneɪʃəs) /

adjective

(of sedimentary rocks and deposits) composed of sand or sandstoneCompare argillaceous, rudaceous
(of plants) growing best in a sandy soil

Word Origin for arenaceous

C17: from Latin harēnāceus sandy, from harēna sand
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Scientific definitions for arenaceous

arenaceous
[ ăr′ə-nāshəs ]

Resembling, derived from, or containing sand.
Growing in sandy areas.
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