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[silt-stohn] /ˈsɪltˌstoʊn/
noun, Petrography
a very fine-grained sandstone, mainly consolidated silt.
Origin of siltstone
1925-30; silt + stone Unabridged
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Examples from the web for siltstone
  • When deposits of silt are compressed and the grains are pressed together, rocks such as siltstone form.
  • Commonly cliff-forming, cross-bedded sandstone lenses alternating with slope-forming siltstone, mudstone and shale.
  • The left abutment and spillway are founded on weathered siltstone bedrock and alluvial deposits.
British Dictionary definitions for siltstone


a variety of fine sandstone formed from consolidated silt
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siltstone in Science
A fine-grained sedimentary rock consisting primarily of compacted and hardened silt. Siltstones are similar to shale but without laminations. They vary in color from black or gray to brown or red.
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