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clast

[klast] /klæst/
noun
1.
a grain of sediment, silt, sand, gravel, etc., especially as a constituent fragment of a clastic rock formation, as distinguished from a chemical or biogenic component of such a formation.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; probably back formation from clastic
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  • Large tan block is clast of sandstone in conglomerate.
  • Glacial deposits, containing all clast sizes from boulders to mud, partially mantle the rocks.
clast in Science
clast
  (klāst)   
A rock fragment or grain resulting from the breakdown of larger rocks.

clastic adjective (klās'tĭk)
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