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pelite Syllabification: pe·lite
Pronunciation: /ˈpēlīt/

Definition of pelite in English:


A very fine-grained sediment or sedimentary rock composed of clay or mud particles.
Example sentences
  • The latter sediments are covered by pelites and sandstones carrying marine invertebrate fossils and deltaic facies with a Glossopteris flora, which indicates an Early Permian age.
  • Foliations vary from grain-shape fabrics in quartzites and psammites, to a dominant crenulation cleavage in pelites, with intermediate rocks showing folded cleavage within a bed, and sometimes two cross-cutting cleavages.
  • A variety of sedimentary lithologies have been metamorphosed including pelites, psammites, quartzites and carbonates.


Late 19th century: from Greek pēlos 'clay, mud' + -ite1.

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