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arenite

[ar-uh-nahyt, uh-ree-] /ˈær əˌnaɪt, əˈri-/
noun, Geology
1.
Origin
< Latin (h)arēn(a) sand + -ite1
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arenite

/ˈærəˌnaɪt; əˈriː-/
noun
1.
any arenaceous rock; a sandstone
Derived Forms
arenitic (ˌærəˈnɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C20: from Latin harēna sand + -ite1
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any sedimentary rock that consists of sand-sized particles (0.06-2 millimetres [0.0024-0.08 inch] in diameter), irrespective of composition. More formal nomenclature of such rocks is based on composition, particle size, and mode of origin-e.g., sandstone, quartzite, lithic arenite, and feldspathic arenite.

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