Pisolite

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pisolite (Min) A variety of calcite, or calcium carbonate, consisting of aggregated globular concretions about the size of a pea; -- called also peastone peagrit.☞ Oölite is similar in structure, but the concretions are as small as the roe of a fish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pisolite Limestone having an oö˙litic structure, in which the individual grains or globules are as large as peas. This mode of occurrence is very characteristic of certain parts of the Oölitic or Jurassic series in England. (See pea-grit.) The name “Coral-Rag and Pisolite” was given by W. Smith, in 1815, to what are now generally called the “Corallian beds,” a member of the Middle Oolitic series in England. Also peastone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pisolite pī′sō-līt a coarse oolite or concretionary limestone in large globules
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a pea + -lite,: cf. F. pisolithe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pisos, pea, lithos, stone.

Usage

In literature:

The hill crops out through pisolitic limestone, in which marine fossils were observable.
"The Discovery of the Source of the Nile" by John Hanning Speke
ARTIFICIAL PRODUCTION OF CALCAREOUS PISOLITES AND OOLITES.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 286" by Various
Pisolitic Limestone of France.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
Pisolitic limestone of France, 120.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Clay ironstone passing into pisolitic hematite.
"In the Arctic Seas" by Francis Leopold McClintock
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