One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A block forming part of a natural limestone pavement, separated from others by fissures (grikes).
- ‘The solution of vertical joint sets into grikes characteristically fragments the pavement surface into blocks known as clints.’
- ‘A couple of digging trips resulted in the opening of Small Mammal Pot in a patch of clints a few metres south-east of the main shakehole.’
- ‘The top of SMH is marked as being five metres below the surface, and the entrance in Stile Pot is 4m below the clints, and descends a further 4m.’
Middle English: of Scandinavian origin; related to Danish klint ‘cliff’ and Swedish klint ‘summit, cliff’.
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