oolite

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Etymology[edit]

From oo- +‎ -lite, after German Oolit.

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oolite (countable and uncountable, plural oolites)

  1. (geology) A rock consisting of spherical grains within a mineral cortex accreted around a nucleus, often of quartz grains.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 170:
      Here and there are beds of oolites, for example, made of little rounded grains – like millet seed – that form only in agitated warm waters, such as you might find off the Bahamas today.
  2. (countable, rare) An ooid or oolith.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

oo- +‎ -lite

Noun[edit]

oolite m (plural ooliti)

  1. (mineralogy) oolite; oolith