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regolith

[reg-uh-lith] /ˈrɛg ə lɪθ/
noun
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Greek rhêgo(s) rug, blanket + -lith
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Examples from the web for regolith
  • Gather some regolith from an asteroid into bags for extra shielding at the sides.
  • On the moon, the panel must also survive the dusty environment cause by the regolith.
  • The scanning electron micrograph of the ash particle reminds me of similar pictures of regolith.
  • Without the print, it could be that, or it could be regolith.
  • Sure, a lot of energy is needed to extract and purify these from lunar regolith, but that is what nuclear power is for.
British Dictionary definitions for regolith

regolith

/ˈrɛɡəlɪθ/
noun
1.
the layer of loose material covering the bedrock of the earth and moon, etc, comprising soil, sand, rock fragments, volcanic ash, glacial drift, etc
Word Origin
C20: from Greek rhēgos covering, blanket + lithos stone
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Word Origin and History for regolith
n.

1897, from Greek rhegos "rug, blanket," from PIE *reg- (3) "to dye" (see raga) + lithos "stone" (see litho-).

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regolith in Science
regolith
  (rěg'ə-lĭth')   
The layer of rock and mineral fragments that rests on bedrock and is produced by the weathering of rocks. Regolith constitutes the surface of most land.
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