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or grey·wacke

[grey-wak, -wak-uh]
  1. Geology. a dark-gray coarse-grained wacke.
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Origin of graywacke

1805–15; partly translation, partly adapted from German Grauwache; see wacke
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[grāwăk′, -wăk′ə]
  1. Any of various dark gray, coarse-grained sandstones that contain abundant feldspar and rock fragments and often have a clay-rich matrix. Graywackes are thought to originate in environments where erosion, transportation, and deposition happen so quickly that minerals and rock fragments do not have sufficient time to break down into finer constituents.
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