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  1. a glassy volcanic rock having a resinous luster and resembling hardened pitch.
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Origin of pitchstone

1775–85; translation of German Pechstein. See pitch2, stone
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Historical Examples of pitchstone

  • But there ain't no crawlin' out o' Pitchstone Canyon, they say.

    The Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories

    Owen Wister

  • I have brought from that locality a single specimen of pitchstone, perfectly resinous, bleak and shining.

  • The lavas are curious from abounding in, or rather being in parts composed of pitchstone.

  • I strongly suspect the underlying granite has altered such beds into this pitchstone.

  • I had never seen him look as he did now, not even in Pitchstone Canyon when we came upon the bodies of Hank and his wife.

    The Virginian

    Owen Wister

British Dictionary definitions for pitchstone


  1. a dark glassy acid volcanic rock similar in composition to granite, usually intruded as dykes, sills, etc
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Word Origin for pitchstone

C18: translation of German Pechstein
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