Rock butter

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rock butter (Min) native alum mixed with clay and oxide of iron, usually in soft masses of a yellowish white color, occuring in cavities and fissures in argillaceous slate.
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Usage

In literature:

When I washed my steps with butter, and when the rock poured me out rivers of oil!
"Bunyan Characters - Third Series The Holy War" by Alexander Whyte
Pineapple rock, lemon platt, butter scotch.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
ROCK-BUTTER, a soft mineral substance found oozing from alum slates, and consisting of alum, alumina, and oxide of iron.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
He found a piece of bread and butter, and sat down on a Large rock, with his back against the stump of a tree, to eat it.
"New National Fourth Reader" by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
This did he, and the blade sank into the rock "as if it had been butter," cleaving it asunder for "an ell or more.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
You should build your house on the rock of substantial things, bread-and-butter facts.
"The Beauty" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
His steps are washed with butter, and the rock pours him out rivers of oil.
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job" by Robert Watson
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In news:

Rather, several large blobs of highly compressed rock — which he described as behaving like honey or peanut butter — exist.
Rock art and pottery shards indicated that the Sahara's inhabitants may have produced milk, cheese, butter and yogurt some 7,000 years ago.
(slideshow) Last weekend folks here and about took a trip down memory lane at the Anderson Rock Creek Threshing and Sawing Show that included tractor parades, sawing and threshing demonstrations and even old-fashioned butter churning.
Bold clap 'n' moan opener "Beelzebub" marks a departure for Black Pistol Fire's bread-and-butter blues rock.
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