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variolite

[ vair-ee-uh-lahyt var- ]
/ ˈvɛər i əˌlaɪt ˈvær- /
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noun Petrology.

a rock embedded with varioles; a variolitic rock.

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Origin of variolite

First recorded in 1780–85; probably from New Latin variolītēs, from Medieval Latin variola variola + -ītēs noun suffix; see -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for variolite

variolite
/ (ˈvɛərɪəˌlaɪt) /

noun

any basic igneous rock containing rounded bodies (varioles) consisting of radiating crystal fibres

Derived forms of variolite

variolitic (ˌvɛərɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for variolite

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