Origin of quartzite

First recorded in 1840–50; quartz + -ite1
Related formsquartz·it·ic [kwawrt-sit-ik] /kwɔrtˈsɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quartzite


  1. a very hard metamorphic rock consisting of a mosaic of intergrown quartz crystals
  2. a white or grey sandstone composed of quartz
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Word Origin and History for quartzite

1837, from quartz + -ite.

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quartzite in Science


  1. A metamorphic rock consisting entirely of quartz. Quartzite forms when sandstone or chert are heated during metamorphism.
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