turbidite

[ tur-bi-dahyt ]
/ ˈtɜr bɪˌdaɪt /

noun Geology.

a sedimentary deposit laid down by a turbidity current.

Nearby words

  1. turbary,
  2. turbellarian,
  3. turbid,
  4. turbidimeter,
  5. turbidimetry,
  6. turbidity current,
  7. turbidly,
  8. turbinal,
  9. turbinate,
  10. turbinate bone

Origin of turbidite

First recorded in 1955–60; turbid + -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for turbidite

turbidite

/ (ˈtɜːbɪˌdaɪt) /

noun

a sediment deposited by a turbidity current

Word Origin for turbidite

C20: from turbid + -ite 1

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Science definitions for turbidite

turbidite

[ tûrbĭ-dīt′ ]

A sedimentary deposit formed by a turbidity current. Turbidites usually consist of a sequence of sediments in which the bottom layers contain the coarsest grains and the upper layers the finest, such as a sequence of sand that is overlain by silt, which in turn is overlain by clay.
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