arkose

[ ahr-kohs ]
/ ˈɑr koʊs /

noun

a granular sedimentary rock composed of quartz and feldspar or mica; a feldspathic sandstone.

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Origin of arkose

Borrowed into English from French around 1830–40

OTHER WORDS FROM arkose

ar·ko·sic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for arkose

arkose
/ (ˈɑːkəʊs) /

noun

a sandstone consisting of grains of feldspar and quartz cemented by a mixture of quartz and clay minerals

Word Origin for arkose

C19: from French
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Scientific definitions for arkose

arkose
[ ärkōs ]

A usually pinkish or red sandstone consisting primarily of quartz and feldspar. Arkose usually forms as the result of the rapid disintegration of granite in areas of vigorous erosion. Its grains are usually angular and poorly sorted (mixed randomly in differing sizes).
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