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arenaceous

[ar-uh-ney-shuh s] /ˌær əˈneɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
Geology, Petrology. (of rocks) sandlike; sandy.
2.
Botany. growing in sand.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin (h)arēnaceus. See arena, -aceous
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  • Consists mainly of fine-grained, dark gray arenaceous rock with well developed slaty cleavage.
  • Contains rare molds of small mollusks and arenaceous foraminifera.
  • Upper part characterized by rapid alternations of argillaceous and arenaceous layers and shallow water features.
British Dictionary definitions for arenaceous

arenaceous

/ˌærɪˈneɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
(of sedimentary rocks and deposits) composed of sand or sandstone Compare argillaceous, rudaceous
2.
(of plants) growing best in a sandy soil
Word Origin
C17: from Latin harēnāceus sandy, from harēna sand
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arenaceous in Science
arenaceous
  (ār'ə-nā'shəs)   
  1. Resembling, derived from, or containing sand.

  2. Growing in sandy areas.


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