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fragmental

[frag-men-tl]
adjective
  1. fragmentary.
  2. Geology. clastic(def 3).
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Origin of fragmental

First recorded in 1790–1800; fragment + -al1
Related formsfrag·men·tal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of fragmental

  • The absence of fragmental ejecta (broken rock that are thrown out) is extraordinary.

    The Wonder Book of Volcanoes and Earthquakes

    Edwin J. Houston

  • Clastic, klas′tik, adj. breaking into fragments, fragmental.

  • Fragmental rocks are often quite indurated—the matrix being as hard as the included stones.

    Geology

    James Geikie

  • When a fragmental rock is composed chiefly of rocks belonging to the acidic group, we say it is felspathic.

    Geology

    James Geikie

  • These are overlaid by a series of alternating beds of crystalline (c) and fragmental (t) igneous rocks.

    Geology

    James Geikie


British Dictionary definitions for fragmental

fragmental

adjective
  1. (of rocks or deposits) composed of fragments of pre-existing rocks and minerals
  2. another word for fragmentary
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Derived Formsfragmentally, adverb
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