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pisolite

[pis-uh-lahyt, piz-, pahy-suh-]
noun
  1. limestone composed of rounded concretions about the size of a pea.
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Origin of pisolite

1700–10; < New Latin pisolithus < Greek píso(s) pea1 + líthos -lite
Related formspis·o·lit·ic [pis-uh-lit-ik, piz-, pahy-suh-] /ˌpɪs əˈlɪt ɪk, ˌpɪz-, ˌpaɪ sə-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The thermal springs of Carlsbad deposit spherical concretions of aragonite, forming masses known as pisolite or Sprudelstein.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3

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British Dictionary definitions for pisolite

pisolite

noun
  1. a sedimentary rock, commonly a limestone, consisting of pea-sized concentric formations (pisoliths) within a fine matrix
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Derived Formspisolitic (ˌpaɪsəʊˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin pisolithus pea stone, from Greek pisos pea + lithos -lite
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