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

Examples of limestone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rugged coastline of the country's southernmost area is defined by steep limestone cliffs and rock formations dotted by hidden beaches and mysterious caves, the most spectacular of which is Benagil. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2022 Only accessible by foot or sea, the sandy crescent is backed with limestone cliffs housing cavernous grottoes. Mary Winston Nicklin, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 What used to be a limestone quarry is now home to Florida’s longest and fastest zip line, on which guests can reach speeds of more than 50 mph. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2022 The two-story-tall kitchen features limestone floors, marble and teak countertops, a double-sided fireplace and an eat-at island. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 The county zoning change aims to block a limestone quarry proposed for Parleys Canyon. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 Those rocks from Montastruc, likely gathered by the artists from limestone cliffs towering above the rockshelter, show thermal fractures and cracking, and bands of pink discoloration resulting from fire exposure. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 The iconic black walls and red banquets are still there, as is the roaring 18th century French limestone fireplace. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2022 The island, home to numerous interconnected sea caves tucked away within the limestone cliffs, has attracted an array of people over the years looking for a hiding spot. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of limestone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2022

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“Limestone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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