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  1. a sandstone containing much glauconite, which gives it a greenish hue.
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Origin of greensand

First recorded in 1790–1800; green + sand
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Historical Examples of greensand

  • The Aptien (or Greensand) consists generally of marls and clay.

    The World Before the Deluge

    Louis Figuier

  • You probably wonder why these red cliffs are called Greensand.

  • This bed of phosphates was found everywhere in the Greensand, underlying the Chalk.

    Town Geology

    Charles Kingsley

  • In 1848 he advocated the use of phosphate nodules in the "Greensand" beds of Cambridgeshire.

  • The "coprolites" were phosphatic nodules found in the greensand and dug for use as manure.

British Dictionary definitions for greensand


  1. an olive-green sandstone consisting mainly of quartz and glauconite
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