oolitic

oolite

[oh-uh-lahyt]
noun Geology.
a limestone composed of minute rounded concretions resembling fish roe, in some places altered to ironstone by replacement with iron oxide.
Also called egg stone.


Origin:
1775–85; (< French oölithe) < Neo-Latin oölithēs. See oo-, -lite

oolitic [oh-uh-lit-ik] , adjective
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oolite (ˈəʊəˌlaɪt)
 
n
any sedimentary rock, esp limestone, consisting of tiny spherical concentric grains within a fine matrix
 
[C18: from French from New Latin oolitēs, literally: egg stone; probably a translation of German Rogenstein roe stone]
 
oolitic
 
adj

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oolite
"rock consisting of fine grains of carbonate of lime," 1785, from Mod.L. oolites, from oo-, comb. form of Gk. oon "egg" (cognate with O.E. æg, see egg) + lithos "stone." So called because the rock resembles the roe of fish.
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oolite   (ō'ə-līt')  Pronunciation Key 
A sedimentary rock consisting of ooliths that are cemented together by calcium carbonate.
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