arkose

[ahr-kohs]

Origin of arkose

Borrowed into English from French around 1830–40
Related formsar·ko·sic, adjective
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arkose

noun
  1. 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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arkose in Science

arkose

[ärkōs]
  1. 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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