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greywacke Line breaks: grey|wacke
Pronunciation: /ˈɡreɪwakə/
(US graywacke)

Definition of greywacke in English:


[mass noun] Geology
A dark coarse-grained sandstone containing more than 15 per cent clay: a 120-foot pyramid of battered greywacke a quarter mile offshore [count noun]: the shales and greywackes of the Skiddaw Group
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  • The Southern Highland Group, consisting of greywacke, shale, limestone and volcanic rock, forms the top of the Dalradian succession.
  • The rocks typically comprise a monotonous sequence of greywackes, reddish-weathering arkosic sandstones, shales and subordinate conglomerates.
  • Higher vapour pressures would be generated in sediments of low permeability, such as mudstones, which would account for sills being more commonly found in shale and greywacke.


Late 18th century (as grauwacke): from German Grauwacke, from grau 'grey' + wacke. The anglicized form dates from the early 19th century.

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