One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very hard, granular, crystalline, igneous rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar and often used as a building stone.
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- ‘These domes are composed of pelitic schists and gneisses folded around a core of K-feldspar granite and granitic gneiss.’
- ‘Higher, steeper slopes of the Vosges have thin topsoil, with subsoils of weathered gneiss, granite, sandstone, schist, and volcanic sediments.’
- ‘Jim purchases crushed granite and then remoulds the granite into specific products, with their own individual style and look.’
- ‘Limestone, granite and marble are frequently used to create simple, bowl-shaped designs that have a strong sculptural presence.’
- ‘They are typically produced from limestone, crystalline rocks (including granite and dolerite), and sandstones.’
- ‘Limestone, granite, and marble are the most commonly used building stones.’
- ‘In a wash below the homesteads is a tool making site… discarded flints of granite, quartz and calcrete ornament the bare sandy soil.’
- ‘It includes a variety of rocks, such as basalt, granite, gneiss, quartzite, slate, and schist.’
- ‘The views from these heights are simply stunning, with glacial ice fields and granite peaks as far as the eye can see.’
- ‘I have used granite, sandstone and quartz type rocks and am continually placing rocks in various parts of the gardens to harness energies.’
- ‘The most handsome and timeless of materials is stone such as marble, granite, limestone, or slate.’
- ‘New surfaces are made from chemical compounds and are designed to mimic granite, limestone, marble, slate, or soapstone.’
- ‘Finally the hardest stones such as granite and porphyry require the most tempered steel tools.’
- ‘Pine units are fitted at ground and eye-level, topped by granite worktops and a tiled splashback.’
- ‘This technique would, however, have been unsuitable for the extraction of harder stones such as granite.’
- ‘The temple was made from 2 differed types of stone: limestone and granite.’
- ‘Cutting limestone and hard granite into huge blocks for building and carving sculptures in the round without the use of iron tools is an extremely difficult feat.’
- ‘Some gem minerals have crystallized directly from igneous rocks other than granite; peridot is a good example.’
- ‘Geologically, all three are granite and each of them has been rich in mineral deposits now largely exhausted.’
- ‘I spent a lot of time on the beach picking up little pieces of mica and quartz and granite that I thought looked interesting.’
Mid 17th century: from Italian granito, literally ‘grained’, from grano ‘grain’, from Latin granum.
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