noun Geology.

any clayey rock, as mudstone or shale.

Origin of pelite

1875–80; < Greek pēl(ós) clay, earth + -ite1
Related formspe·lit·ic [pi-lit-ik] /pɪˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pelite



any argillaceous rock such as shale
Derived Formspelitic (pɪˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for pelite

C19: from Greek pēlos mud
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pelite in Science



A sediment or sedimentary rock composed of fine fragments, as of clay or mud.
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