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  1. mantle rock.
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Origin of regolith

1895–1900; < Greek rhêgo(s) rug, blanket + -lith
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British Dictionary definitions for regolith


  1. the layer of loose material covering the bedrock of the earth and moon, etc, comprising soil, sand, rock fragments, volcanic ash, glacial drift, etc
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Word Origin for regolith

C20: from Greek rhēgos covering, blanket + lithos stone
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Word Origin and History for regolith


1897, from Greek rhegos "rug, blanket," from PIE *reg- (3) "to dye" (see raga) + lithos "stone" (see litho-).

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regolith in Science


  1. The layer of rock and mineral fragments that rests on bedrock and is produced by the weathering of rocks. Regolith constitutes the surface of most land.
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