- a limestone composed of minute rounded concretions resembling fish roe, in some places altered to ironstone by replacement with iron oxide.
Origin of oolite
Also called egg stone.
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Examples from the Web for oolite
The flora of the Oolite was peculiarly a flora of intermediate forms.The Testimony of the Rocks
This is an excellent variety of oolite of light cream color.The House of the Lord
James E. Talmage
It commences in the oolite, and terminates in the next formation.Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation
The Plaine, resting on oolite limestone, is treeless but fertile.
These were shown to be as old at least as the oolite and lias.A Manual of Elementary Geology
- any sedimentary rock, esp limestone, consisting of tiny spherical concentric grains within a fine matrix
C18: from French from New Latin oolitēs, literally: egg stone; probably a translation of German Rogenstein roe stone
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Word Origin and History for oolite
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A sedimentary rock consisting of ooliths that are cemented together by calcium carbonate.
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