EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Geology a limestone composed of minute rounded concretions resembling fish roe, in some places altered to ironstone by replacement with iron oxide. Origin of oolite 1775–85;
New Latin oölithēs.
-lite Related forms o·o·lit·ic , [oh- uh- lit-ik] /ˌoʊ əˈlɪt ɪk/ adjective
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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 n.
"rock consisting of fine grains of carbonate of lime," 1785, from Modern Latin
oolites, from oo-, comb. form of Greek oon "egg" (cognate with Old English æg, see egg (n.)) + lithos "stone" (see litho-). So called because the rock resembles the roe of fish.
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A sedimentary rock consisting of ooliths that are cemented together by calcium carbonate.
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