[ pis-uh-lahyt, piz-, pahy-suh- ]
/ ˈpɪs əˌlaɪt, ˈpɪz-, ˈpaɪ sə- /


limestone composed of rounded concretions about the size of a pea.

Origin of pisolite

1700–10; < New Latin pisolithus < Greek píso(s) pea1 + líthos -lite

Related forms

pis·o·lit·ic [pis-uh-lit-ik, piz-, pahy-suh-] /ˌpɪs əˈlɪt ɪk, ˌpɪz-, ˌpaɪ sə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pisolite


/ (ˈpaɪsəʊˌlaɪt) /


a sedimentary rock, commonly a limestone, consisting of pea-sized concentric formations (pisoliths) within a fine matrix

Derived Forms

pisolitic (ˌpaɪsəʊˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for pisolite

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