• WordNet 3.6
    • adj slaty of the color of slate or granite "the slaty sky of dawn"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Slaty Resembling slate; having the nature, appearance, or properties, of slate; composed of thin parallel plates, capable of being separated by splitting; as, a slaty color or texture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slaty Resembling slate; having the nature or properties of slate: as, a slaty color or texture; a slaty feel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Slaty resembling slate: having the nature or properties of slate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Slate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. esclat—Old High Ger. slīzan, Ger. schleissen, to split.


In literature:

The mountains up the valley were already hidden by driven rags of slaty snowstorms.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
Gaspar Cortereal comes in 1500 from Portugal on Cabot's tracks to that land of "slaty rocks" which the Norse saw long ago.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
It was a cheerless February day, dark and slaty overhead, dusty below.
"Marriage à la mode" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
At that moment a piece of slaty rock came sliding down from on high, to fall with a crash and splinter on the rock at his feet.
"Cutlass and Cudgel" by George Manville Fenn
By ten all was slaty grey dusk, into which a man could stretch his hand well out of his own sight.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
The soil is a reddish stony or slaty gravel, dry, except low lands, which are clay or turf.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
Craig glanced out of the window into the slaty sky, from which rain was falling.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
These facts are of such a dull slaty-gray and so lacking in dramatic interest that they are omitted from the play.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Puff-paste is, then, simply an exaggerated case of slaty cleavage.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
There was a sudden light below the sharp horizon between black roof and slaty sky, yet no flame rose above the roof.
"Peccavi" by E. W. Hornung
To the left all was of a slaty grey.
"The Boy with Wings" by Berta Ruck
I do not like the cold, heavy-coloured ones of the bluish-slaty kinds.
"Wood and Garden" by Gertrude Jekyll
Josh Perrott made an offer at slashing the slaty face, checked his arm, and went on.
"A Child of the Jago" by Arthur Morrison
Under surface slaty brown with prominent silver crescents on the hind wings.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
Although called blue, the colour is a slaty or drab tone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
There are few spots as a rule on the head, and those are of a slaty color.
"Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Harry Thom Payne
In large and old examples it is sometimes of a uniform slaty hue with purplish reflections.
"Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others" by James Alexander Henshall
The colour is a slaty black; the hide is immensely thick, with scanty hairs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various
An irregular bed, four to seven feet in thickness, crushed, and probably dislocated, and so slaty as to be of doubtful value.
"A Report on Washington Territory" by William Henry Ruffner
Poor coal has slaty pieces in it, that will not burn but break up and mingle with the ashes.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne

In news:

EHWA releases 'common vision' for Slaty Fork watershed.
I am writing this because of an incident that happened on Sharps Knob at Slaty Fork on Dec 10 in which someone cut three tires on a person's vehicle.