Origin of conglomerate

1565–75; < Latin conglomerātus (past participle of conglomerāre), equivalent to con- con- + glomer- (stem of glomus) ball of yarn + -ātus -ate1
Related formscon·glom·er·at·ic [kuh n-glom-uh-rat-ik, kuh ng-] /kənˌglɒm əˈræt ɪk, kəŋ-/, con·glom·er·it·ic [kuh n-glom-uh-rit-ik, kuh ng-] /kənˌglɒm əˈrɪt ɪk, kəŋ-/, adjectivede·con·glom·er·ate, verb, de·con·glom·er·at·ed, de·con·glom·er·at·ing.min·i·con·glom·er·ate, nounpseu·do·con·glom·er·ate, adjectivesu·per·con·glom·er·ate, nounun·con·glom·er·at·ed, adjective
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noun (kənˈɡlɒmərɪt)

a thing composed of heterogeneous elements; mass
any coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of rounded fragments of rock embedded in a finer matrixCompare agglomerate (def. 3)
a large corporation consisting of a group of companies dealing in widely diversified goods, services, etc

verb (kənˈɡlɒməˌreɪt)

to form into a cluster or mass

adjective (kənˈɡlɒmərɪt)

made up of heterogeneous elements; massed
(of sedimentary rocks) consisting of rounded fragments within a finer matrix

Word Origin for conglomerate

C16: from Latin conglomerāre to roll up, from glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball of thread
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Word Origin and History for conglomerates



1570s, from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare "to roll together," from com- "together" (see com-) + glomerare "to gather into a ball," from glomus (genitive glomeris) "a ball," from PIE root *glem-.



"large business group," 1967, from conglomerate (adj.).



1590s, from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare (see conglomerate (adj.)). Related: Conglomerated; conglomerating.

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conglomerates in Medicine




Gathered or aggregated into a mass.
Related formscon•glom′er•ation (-ə-rāshən) n.
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conglomerates in Science



A coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of round rock fragments cemented together by hardened silt, clay, calcium carbonate, or a similar material. The fragments (known as clasts) have a diameter of at least 2 mm (0.08 inches), vary in composition and origin, and may include pebbles, cobbles, boulders, or fossilized seashells. Conglomerates often form through the transportation and deposition of sediments by streams, alluvial fans, and glaciers.
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conglomerates in Culture



A corporation with diversified holdings that are acquired through mergers and acquisitions but that are not necessarily related.

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