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whinstone

[hwin-stohn, win-]
noun
  1. Chiefly British. any of the dark-colored, fine-grained rocks, especially igneous rocks, as dolerite and basalt.
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Origin of whinstone

1505–15; dial. (Scots and N England) whin whinstone (Middle English quin < ?) + stone
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whinstone

noun
  1. any dark hard fine-grained rock, such as basalt
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Word Origin

C16: from whin ² + stone
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