One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Limestone consisting of a mass of rounded grains (ooliths) made up of concentric layers.
- ‘The sample was taken from a thin limestone lens with phosphatic oolites within the phosphatic greensand.’
- ‘In the process of being buried under other sediments, these ooids can fuse into a solid mass of sedimentary rock called oolite.’
- ‘However, in the northeastern area of the outcrop, only the lowermost 0-2 m consist of calcareous sandstone, with oolites, biothermal limestones and crinoidal limestones characterizing the remainder.’
- ‘At Taskent the upper layer of oolite is more resistant but sharply truncated beneath stromatolites of the overlying Gevne Formation.’
- ‘Greensand, coal, rock salt, coral limestone, oolites, and boulder clays are examples of indicators of depositional environments.’
- 1.1another term for oolith
Early 19th century: from French oölithe, modern Latin oolites (see oo-, -lite).
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