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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Example sentences
The flagstones are sticky with filth, and the red double-decker racetrack mere
  inches away.
Her white high heels tap, tap across the weathered flagstones.
When he walked, he followed an ancient caravan route tiled in broad, flat
  flagstones.
The exterior of the old in received a face-lift with repaired vigas, new
  flagstones in the courtyard, and a re-graded perimeter.
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