A type of limestone that is composed largely or partly of ooliths. Also known as oolitic limestone. The best known examples in Britain, within the Jurassic limestone sequence of the Cotswolds, are of only moderate strength, very porous and only weakly cavernous. In contrast, oolites of early Carboniferous age have hosted extensive cave development beneath Mymydd Llangattwg and in other parts of South Wales [9].

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  • Oolite — O [ o]*lite, n. [Gr. w, o n an egg + lite: cf. F. o[ o]lithe. So named from its resemblance to the roe of fish.] (Geol.) A variety of limestone, consisting of small round grains, resembling the roe of a fish. It sometimes constitutes extensive… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oolite — (n.) rock consisting of fine grains of carbonate of lime, 1785, from Mod.L. oolites, from oo , comb. form of Gk. oon egg (cognate with O.E. æg, see EGG (Cf. egg) (n.)) + lithos stone. So called because the rock resembles the roe of fish …   Etymology dictionary

  • oolite — [ō′ōlith, ō′əlithō′ō līt΄, ō′əlīt΄] n. [Fr oölithe: see OO & LITE] 1. a tiny, spherical or ellipsoid particle with concentric layers, usually of calcium carbonate, formed in wave agitated sea waters 2. a rock composed chiefly of oolites: Also… …   English World dictionary

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  • oolite — oolitic /oh euh lit ik/, adj. /oh euh luyt /, n. Geol. a limestone composed of minute rounded concretions resembling fish roe, in some places altered to ironstone by replacement with iron oxide. Also called egg stone. [1775 85; ( < F oölithe) <… …   Universalium

  • oolite — oolithe [ ɔɔlit ] n. f. ou m. VAR. oolite • 1752 n. f.; de oo et lithe ♦ Minér. Calcaire formé de grains sphériques (comparés à des œufs de poissons). Les oolithes sont caractéristiques du jurassique ancien. Formation analogue de grains d oxyde… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • oolite — /ˈoʊəlaɪt/ (say ohuhluyt) noun 1. a small spherical to ellipsoidal concretion, usually calcareous, formed in shallow water under special conditions. 2. a limestone composed of such concretions, in some places altered to ironstone by replacement… …   Australian English dictionary

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