limestone

noun
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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What to Do Explore Harrison's Cave Located dead center on the island, this limestone cave features deep pools, stunning waterfalls, and a tram so visitors can don a hard hat and roll along on a one-tour tour. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 But as monsoon rains inundated the area, the porous limestone cave absorbed water like a sponge. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 Visitors also like to explore Arikok National Park for its limestone caves and natural pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "These are the top five islands in the world," 6 Mar. 2018 The Cottonland Castle was modeled after a small German castle near the Rhine River with white sandstone and some limestone on the exterior. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Joanna and Chip Gaines Just Purchased Cottonland Castle in Waco, Texas," 25 Feb. 2019 The name comes from the Swedish kalksten, the white limestone found on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea where the company has developed a category-specific track format called the Cake Track. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "This Swedish E-Motorbike Is Boxy, Beautiful, and Badass," 8 Feb. 2019 The 79-story tower stands out along the midtown skyline due to its color: The building is encased in Alabama Silver Shadow limestone, per its developer. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "The Most Expensive Home Ever Sold In The U.S. Is In 220 Central Park South," 24 Jan. 2019 Made of limestone, the altar depicts the image of the previously unknown king Chak Took Ich’aak carrying a double-headed serpent effigy. James Rogers, Fox News, "'Game of thrones' altar discovered at ancient Maya temple, reveals its secrets," 20 Sep. 2018 The floor is limestone, and the rug is from Morocco. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "40 Best Small Patio Ideas For Creating An Outdoor Entertaining Space," 16 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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limestone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of limestone

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

limestone

noun
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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