whinstone

[ hwin-stohn, win- ]
/ ˈʰwɪnˌstoʊn, ˈwɪn- /
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noun

Chiefly British. any of the dark-colored, fine-grained rocks, especially igneous rocks, as dolerite and basalt.

Nearby words

  1. whiney,
  2. whing-ding,
  3. whinge,
  4. whinner,
  5. whinny,
  6. whiny,
  7. whio,
  8. whip,
  9. whip graft,
  10. whip hand

Origin of whinstone

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

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British Dictionary definitions for whinstone

whinstone

/ (ˈwɪnˌstəʊn) /

noun

any dark hard fine-grained rock, such as basalt

Word Origin for whinstone

C16: from whin ² + stone

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