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slaty

[ sley-tee ]

adjective

, slat·i·er, slat·i·est.
  1. consisting of, resembling, or pertaining to slate.
  2. having the color of slate.


ˈslaty

/ ˈsleɪtɪ /

adjective

  1. consisting of or resembling slate
  2. having the colour of slate


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Derived Forms

  • ˈslatiness, noun
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Other Words From

  • slati·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of slaty1

First recorded in 1520–30; slate 1 + -y 1
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Example Sentences

"We are going into the sunlight, out of the shadow;" and she glanced back at the west, which was of a slaty blackness.

Red, somewhat slaty jasper, mixed with quartz and chalcedony, and containing specular iron ore.

Smoke-grey micaceous slaty-clay, much like certain beds of the old red sandstone, where it graduates into grey wacke.

A small miner's pick is useful for cutting out, and splitting portions of slaty rocks; or for obtaining specimens of clays, etc.

Slaty clay, with particles of mica, like that which frequently occurs immediately beneath beds of coal.

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