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pelite

[pee-lahyt] /ˈpi laɪt/
noun, Geology
1.
any clayey rock, as mudstone or shale.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Greek pēl(ós) clay, earth + -ite1
Related forms
pelitic
[pi-lit-ik] /pɪˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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pelite

/ˈpiːlaɪt/
noun
1.
any argillaceous rock such as shale
Derived Forms
pelitic (pɪˈlɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek pēlos mud
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pelite in Science
pelite
  (pē'līt')   
A sediment or sedimentary rock composed of fine fragments, as of clay or mud.
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