or sac·cha·roi·dal

[sak-uh-roid or sak-uh-roi-dl]

adjective Geology. (of rock)

having a granular texture like that of loaf sugar.

Origin of saccharoid

First recorded in 1825–35; sacchar- + -oid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saccharoid

Historical Examples of saccharoid

  • Limestone becomes granular and saccharoid—it is changed into marble.

  • When nearer the junction it becomes grey, and has a saccharoid structure.

  • Mica-schist, gneiss, and saccharoid marble are typical of this class.


    James Geikie

  • The limestone at this locality is white and saccharoid, with large rhombohedral crystals of calcspar.

    In the Arctic Seas

    Francis Leopold McClintock

  • Saccharoid marble is one of the fine varieties: it frequently contains flakes of mica.


    James Geikie

British Dictionary definitions for saccharoid



Also: saccharoidal geology having or designating a texture resembling that of loaf sugarsaccharoid marble


biochem any of a group of polysaccharides that remotely resemble sugars, but are not sweet and are often insoluble
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