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novaculite

[noh-vak-yuh-lahyt] /noʊˈvæk yəˌlaɪt/
noun, Petrology
1.
a very hard sedimentary rock, similar to chert, composed essentially of microcrystalline quartz.
Origin of novaculite
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Latin novācul(a) a sharp knife, razor + -ite1
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novaculite

/nəʊˈvækjʊˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a fine-grained dense hard rock containing quartz and feldspar: used as a whetstone
Word Origin
C18: from Latin novācula sharp knife, razor, from novāre to renew
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