Share this entry

Share this page

pisolite

Line breaks: piso|lite
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪzəlʌɪt
 
, ˈpʌɪsə-/

Definition of pisolite in English:

noun

[mass noun] Geology
A sedimentary rock, especially limestone, made up of small pea-shaped pieces.
Example sentences
  • The present study located at the upper part of a catena at Kade in Ghana shows that the gravel consists of iron nodules or pisolites of varying degree of cementation.

Origin

early 19th century: from modern Latin pisolithus (see pisolith) + -lite.

Derivatives

pisolitic

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪtɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • A short core in this unit at Marchwood 1, shows that here the oolitic limestone is brecciated and pisolitic.
  • In petrology it denotes a type of rock structure characterized by the presence of minute spherical grains resembling the roe of a fish; if the grains become larger, the structure is said to be pisolitic.

Definition of pisolite in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…