[ tur-bi-dahyt ]
/ ˈtɜr bɪˌdaɪt /

noun Geology.

a sedimentary deposit laid down by a turbidity current.

Origin of turbidite

First recorded in 1955–60; turbid + -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for turbidite

/ (ˈtɜːbɪˌdaɪt) /


a sediment deposited by a turbidity current

Word Origin for turbidite

C20: from turbid + -ite 1
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Scientific definitions for 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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