One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of the component pieces of which pisolite consists.
- ‘Bauxite, the main ore of aluminium, also consists of small nodules, called pisoliths, and is generally thought to require an extremely wet climate to form.’
- ‘The Martian spheroids, when first observed, could have been impact spherules, concretions, ooids, accretionary lapelli, weathering pisoliths, even fossils.’
Late 18th century: from modern Latin pisolithus, from Greek pisos ‘pea’.
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