flag-stone

flagstone

[flag-stohn]
noun
1.
Also called flag. a flat stone slab used especially for paving.
2.
flagstones, a walk, terrace, etc., paved with flagstones.
3.
rock, as sandstone or shale, suitable for splitting into flagstones.

Origin:
1720–30; flag4 + stone

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flagstone or flag (ˈflæɡˌstəʊn)
 
n
1.  a hard fine-textured rock, such as a sandstone or shale, that can be split up into slabs for paving
2.  a slab of such a rock
 
[C15 flag (in the sense: sod, turf), from Old Norse flaga slab; compare Old English flæcg plaster, poultice]
 
flag or flag
 
n
 
[C15 flag (in the sense: sod, turf), from Old Norse flaga slab; compare Old English flæcg plaster, poultice]

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flagstone
1730, from flag "flat, split stone" (1604), earlier "piece cut from sod" (1415), from O.N. flaga "stone slab," of unknown origin, perhaps related to O.N. flak (see flake).
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