Origin of ironstone

First recorded in 1515–25; iron + stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ironstone

Historical Examples of ironstone

  • The ground was hard, with boulders of ironstone embedded in it.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • They were of the same character as Aalem, sand and ironstone.

  • They are usually contaminated with ironstone, gypsum and some limestone.

  • For indications, never pass an ironstone “blow” without examination.

    Getting Gold

    J. C. F. Johnson

  • The ironstone outcrop may cover a gold, silver, copper, or tin lode.

    Getting Gold

    J. C. F. Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for ironstone


  1. any rock consisting mainly of an iron-bearing ore
  2. Also called: ironstone china a tough durable earthenware
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