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freestone

Syllabification: free·stone
Pronunciation: /ˈfrēstōn
 
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Definition of freestone in English:

noun

1Rock that can be cut easily in any direction, in particular a fine-grained sandstone or limestone of uniform texture.
[from Old French franche pere 'excellent rock']
Example sentences
  • Whilst the greater part was just ordinary stone, many decorative elements were carved out of freestone such as sandstones and limestone.
  • The ten-bay barn is of limestone with freestone dressings and diagonal buttresses.
  • He has learnt all the skills of carving freestone.
2A stone fruit in which the pit is easily separated from the flesh when the fruit is ripe: [as modifier]: freestone peaches Contrasted with clingstone.
More example sentences
  • Its freestone fruit - about average in size - has an attractive pinkish-orange skin.
  • Varieties There are two categories of peach, clingstone and freestone, distinguished by the ease with which the flesh comes away from the stone.
  • Use chunks of ripe pineapple, halves of slightly under-ripe apricots or freestone peaches.

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