dol·​er·​ite | \ ˈdä-lə-ˌrīt How to pronounce dolerite (audio) \

Definition of dolerite

1 : any of various coarse basalts
2 chiefly British : diabase sense 3

Other Words from dolerite

doleritic \ ˌdä-​lə-​ˈri-​tik How to pronounce dolerite (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dolerite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One quarry, an outcrop called Carn Goedog, seems to have supplied most of the bluish-gray, white-speckled dolerite at Stonehenge. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 8 Mar. 2022 The singular characteristic of these bays was Great Whin Sill, a band of igneous dolerite — a dusky, crystalline rock — that erupted from the sea in stratified cliffs and headlands. Henry Wismayer, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of dolerite

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dolerite

French dolérite, from Greek doleros deceitful, from dolos deceit; from its being easily mistaken for diorite

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“Dolerite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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