[ pee-lahyt ]
/ ˈpi laɪt /
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any clayey rock, as mudstone or shale.
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Origin of pelite
1875–80; <Greek pēl(ós) clay, earth + -ite1
OTHER WORDS FROM pelitepe·lit·ic [pi-lit-ik], /pɪˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pelite
/ (ˈpiːlaɪt) /
any argillaceous rock such as shale
Derived forms of pelitepelitic (pɪˈlɪtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for pelite
C19: from Greek pēlos mud
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Scientific definitions for pelite
[ pē′līt′ ]
A sediment or sedimentary rock composed of fine fragments, as of clay or mud.
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