[ it-uh-kol-yuh-mahyt ]
/ ˌɪt əˈkɒl yəˌmaɪt /
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a sandstone consisting of interlocking quartz grains and mica scales, found principally in Brazil and North Carolina, and noted for its flexibility in thin slabs.
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Origin of itacolumite
1860–65; named after Itacolumi, mountain in Brazil; see -ite1
Words nearby itacolumite
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Example sentences from the Web for itacolumite
Some authorities hold that the diamond has been formed in certain quartz veins which traverse the itacolumite.
Itacolumite is yellow or pale-brown, and splits readily into thin flat slabs.
British Dictionary definitions for itacolumite
/ (ˌɪtəˈkɒljʊˌmaɪt) /
a fine-grained micaceous sandstone that occurs in thin flexible slabs
Word Origin for itacolumite
C19: named after Itacolumi mountain in Brazil where it is found
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