lime·​stone | \ ˈlīm-ˌstōn How to pronounce limestone (audio) \

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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This is true of Greek myths of augury and oracle — the Sibyl of Cumae and the Delphic Oracle both drew their prophetic knowledge from within the earth, through the limestone. Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "‘The Underland Is a Deeply Human Realm’: Getting Down with Robert Macfarlane," 20 June 2019 The elegant rotunda entry behind the leaded glass paneled front door features a limestone floor with a decorative medallion inlay bordered by marble accents. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Hilltop location with panoramic views in Dublin," 18 June 2019 Enthusiastic guide Tony Kirby shares facts and legends about the Carran Turlough (a disappearing lake), Saint Colman’s Hermitage, ancient monuments, and the hardy wildflowers that manage to bloom from cracks in the limestone. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "Road trip through the Irish countryside’s wild beauty," 12 Mar. 2019 The 60 meteorites were fossilized in limestone in Western Australia's Pilbara region and unearthed in 2014 and 2015. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "These Are The Oldest Meteorites Ever Discovered," 11 May 2016 The property already was zoned heavy industrial, or I-4, but required a variance for the temporary storage, processing and sale of the limestone. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "The city blocked this facility for health concerns. Now it's getting a second chance.," 4 June 2019 Here, within thick protective fortress walls made of limestone or sandstone or flint, the defenders could hole up for months. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 The limestone exterior of the home of LeAnn Behrens and David Montague in Fort Worth’s Park Hill neighborhood. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "A Texas Home That’s Part Library, Part Gallery," 21 Feb. 2019 Some distillers might talk about the limestone water that runs through their property, or the heirloom crops in their mash. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Unheralded Berry Is Coming To Your Liquor Cabinet," 28 Dec. 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 How to pronounce limestone (audio) \

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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