regolith

[ reg-uh-lith ]
/ ˈrɛg ə lɪθ /

noun


Nearby words

  1. regmaker,
  2. regnal,
  3. regnant,
  4. regnat populus,
  5. rego,
  6. regorge,
  7. regosol,
  8. regr.,
  9. regrate,
  10. regrating

Origin of regolith

1895–1900; < Greek rhêgo(s) rug, blanket + -lith

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British Dictionary definitions for regolith

regolith

/ (ˈrɛɡəlɪθ) /

noun

the layer of loose material covering the bedrock of the earth and moon, etc, comprising soil, sand, rock fragments, volcanic ash, glacial drift, etc

Word Origin for regolith

C20: from Greek rhēgos covering, blanket + lithos stone

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Word Origin and History for regolith

regolith

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for regolith

regolith

[ rĕgə-lĭth′ ]

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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