clast

[klast]
noun
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:
1950–55; probably back formation from clastic

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clast   (klāst)  Pronunciation Key 
A rock fragment or grain resulting from the breakdown of larger rocks.

clastic adjective (klās'tĭk)
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Dusty material occurs as discrete clasts, rather than as a true matrix.
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