biostrome

[ bahy-uh-strohm ]
/ ˈbaɪ əˌstroʊm /

noun Geology.

a bedded, blanketlike sedimentary deposit of organic origin built by marine organisms and including shell beds, flat reefs, and corals.

Nearby words

  1. biosphere,
  2. biospheric,
  3. biostatics,
  4. biostatistics,
  5. biostratigraphy,
  6. biosurgery,
  7. biosynthesis,
  8. biosynthetic,
  9. biosystem,
  10. biosystematics

Origin of biostrome

1930–35; bio- + Greek strôma layer, bed; see stroma

Related formsbi·o·stro·mal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for biostrome

biostrome

/ (ˈbaɪəˌstrəʊm) /

noun

a rock layer consisting of a deposit of organic material, such as fossils

Word Origin for biostrome

C20: from bio- + Greek strōma covering

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