Millstone-grit

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Millstone-grit (geol.) a hard gritty variety of sandstone suitable for millstones
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. miln—L. mola, a mill—molāre, to grind.

Usage

In literature:

A good man of business, sir, but hard as millstone grit.
"St. Ives being The Adventures of a French Prison in England" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This millstone grit is a new and a very remarkable element in our strange story.
"Town Geology" by Charles Kingsley
The formation was millstone grit.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 595, May 28, 1887" by Various
The house was built of dark millstone grit in large blocks, many of them now green and mossy.
"The Measure of a Man" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
This outlying ridge marks in most places the outcrop of the Conglomerate, Mountain Limestone, Iron Veins, Millstone Grit, and Lower Coal-measures.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
A good man of business, sir, but hard as millstone grit.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Cloud Hill, a striking feature near Congleton, is capped by the "Third Grit," one of the Millstone Grit series.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
The Millstone Grit series is prominent in Lancashire, Derbyshire, N. Staffordshire, Yorkshire and in the Forest of Dean.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 4" by Various
These may represent partly the Millstone Grit and partly the Coal Measures.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
And now let us turn from the limestone valleys to those of the millstone grit.
"The Call of the Wildflower" by Henry S. Salt
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