variolite

[vair-ee-uh-lahyt var-]

noun Petrology.

a rock embedded with varioles; a variolitic rock.

Nearby words

  1. variola,
  2. variola virus,
  3. variolate,
  4. variole,
  5. varioliform,
  6. variolitic,
  7. varioloid,
  8. variolous,
  9. variometer,
  10. variorum

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British Dictionary definitions for variolite

variolite

noun

any basic igneous rock containing rounded bodies (varioles) consisting of radiating crystal fibres
Derived Formsvariolitic (ˌvɛərɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for variolite

C18: from variola, referring to the pockmarked appearance of the rock

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