bluestone

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bluestone (countable and uncountable, plural bluestones)

  1. (UK) A form of dolerite which appears blue when wet or freshly broken.
  2. (UK) Any of several massive stones used to construct Stonehenge.
  3. (US) A feldspathic sandstone in the U.S.
  4. (US) A form of limestone native to the Shenandoah Valley
  5. (Australia) A basalt or olivine basalt.
  6. (Australia, South Australia) Slate from quarries in or near Adelaide.
    • 2000, Laura Veltman, Living and Working in Australia: All you need to know for starting a new life ‘down under’, 7th edition, page 184,
      Its people are proud of their history and heritage of free settlement and the famous bluestone homes and public buildings of Adelaide are among the most orderly and best cared for examples of colonial architecture in the country.
    • 2006, John Emerson, History of the Independent Bar of South Australia, page 23,
      Hanson Chambers, as 56 Carrington Street was eventually known, confirmed the tradition that the South Australian bar would develop as a series of small enclaves, more often than not in old, bluestone buildings dating back to the nineteenth century.
    • 2008, John Jenkin, William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son, unnumbered page,
      William rented the house on the corner of Lefevre Terrace and Tynte Street: a two-storey home of local bluestone with stuccoed enrichments, in high Victorian Italianate style.
    • 2009, Josephine Emery, The Real Possibility of Joy: A Personal Journey from Man to Woman, unnumbered page,
      Mackenzie Wool and Hide now exported leather products around the world and, in a roundabout manner, and along with my parents, was helping us buy our bluestone cottage in the Adelaide suburb of Unley.

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