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wacke

[ wak-uh ]
/ ˈwæk ə /
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noun

a poorly sorted sandstone containing fragments of rock and minerals in a clayey matrix.

RELATED WORDS

mud, brick, earth, pottery, slip, till, adobe, bole, marl, loam, loess, kaolin, argil

Nearby words

wabble, wabbly, wac, wace, wack, wacke, wacked-out, wacko, wacky, wacky tobacky, waco
Compare graywacke.

Origin of wacke

1795–1805; < German: a kind of stone
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Examples from the Web for wacke

  • The material of the rock here is wacke, in which there are many flints.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2|Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
  • Wackelfiguren means figures made of Wacke, a greenish-gray mineral, soft and easily broken.

  • Wacke, wak′e, n. German miners' term for a soft, grayish kind of trap-rock.

British Dictionary definitions for wacke

wacke

/ (ˈwækə) /

noun

obsolete any of various soft earthy rocks that resemble or are derived from basaltic rocks

Word Origin for wacke

C18: from German: rock, gravel, basalt
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Word Origin and History for wacke

wacke


n.

rock resembling sandstone, 1803, from German Wacke, from Middle High German wacke "a large stone," from Old High German wacko "gravel," probably from Old High German wegan "to move." A miner's word, brought into geology by German geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner (1750-1817).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper