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clay stone

or clay·stone

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noun Geology.
  1. argillite.
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Origin of clay stone

First recorded in 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for claystone

Historical Examples

  • Why should the schist pendant of the Tappock chamber be all right, if the claystone pendant of Dunbuie be all wrong?

    The Clyde Mystery

    Andrew Lang

  • We see them light their claystone pipes, and send forth clouds of blue vapour.

  • But there was more; close by the stone I noticed (although I think you didn't) a mark in the claystone.

British Dictionary definitions for claystone


  1. a compact very fine-grained rock consisting of consolidated clay particles
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claystone in Science


  1. A fine-grained, dark gray to pink sedimentary rock consisting primarily of compacted and hardened clay. Claystone is similar to shale but without laminations.
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