Definition of pisolite in English:

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pisolite

Pronunciation: /ˈpīsəˌlīt/

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.

Derivatives

pisolitic

Pronunciation: /ˌpīsəˈlitik/
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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pis·o·lite

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