lime·​stone | \ˈlīm-ˌstōn \

Definition of limestone 

: a rock that is formed chiefly by accumulation of organic remains (such as shells or coral), consists mainly of calcium carbonate, is extensively used in building, and yields lime when burned

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The redevelopment project, which will add an 18-story tower above the existing limestone podium, will cost more than $1 billion, SL Green executives said. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Real-Estate Firm Betting Big on Hudson Yards With New Deal," 2 Dec. 2018 Halili and his family take on the endeavor every year—laying limestone in the Gulf of Mexico. Madeleine Rivera, Fox News, "Texas company builds new oyster reef after Hurricane Harvey devastated population," 16 July 2018 The crushed limestone trail is maintained by Door and Kewaunee counties and is open to hiking, biking, horseback riding and snowmobiling in the winter. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Algoma is a day trip away along Lake Michigan," 12 July 2018 This natural pool, located in one of Florida’s newest state parks, sits in a limestone basin along the Withlacoochee River, surrounded by magnificent pines and hardwoods, all done up in hanging moss. Brent Crane, Outside Online, "America's Best Swimming Holes," 1 July 2018 An Overland Park fourth-grader's dream came true, as limestone is now officially the state rock of Kansas. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Kansas finally has official rock, mineral and gem, thanks to Overland Park 4th-grader | The Kansas City Star," 5 Apr. 2018 The nomination prepared by historian Maria Watson Pfeiffer and archaeologist Steve Tomka states it was built with smooth-finished, cut limestone from the city rock quarry a short distance to the south. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Historic Pump House in Brackenridge Park to be restored," 22 Jan. 2018 Dripping and flowing water constantly deposits new layers of rock in limestone caves, so most of the cave art has a thin layer of rock atop it. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal," 9 Nov. 2018 Its sweeping white beaches and limestone cliffs frame a sanctuary of oak and pine trees teeming with chirping cicadas, wild herbs, sprawling eucalyptus, and the occasional fig tree. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This French Island Is the Nantucket of the Mediterranean," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of limestone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of limestone

: a type of white stone that is commonly used in building


lime·​stone | \ˈlīm-ˌstōn \

Kids Definition of limestone

: a rock formed chiefly from animal remains (as shells or coral) that is used in building and gives lime when burned

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