quartz·​ite | \ ˈkwȯrt-ˌsīt How to pronounce quartzite (audio) \

Definition of quartzite

: a compact granular rock composed of quartz and derived from sandstone by metamorphism

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Other Words from quartzite

quartzitic \ kwȯrt-​ˈsi-​tik How to pronounce quartzitic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of quartzite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Island and countertops: San Simone honed quartzite. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How a Designer Created a Space for a Couple With Very Different Tastes," 11 Feb. 2020 Instead, the sharpest, finest cutting tools were made of delicate, but fine-textured quartzite. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Our Ancient Ancestors Were Pretty Excellent Engineers," 5 Feb. 2020 Other notable stops include Killarney National Park, the quartzite Maumturks mountain range of Connemara, and the ancient Glendalough monastery. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Solo Vacations to Take in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Rock Eagle has a bird image on its top, made of quartzite rocks hauled to the side, that spans 120 feet wing to wing, slightly longer than a Boeing 737. Stephen Alvarez, National Geographic, "What can archaeologists tell us about Jesus?," 23 Dec. 2019 The kitchen includes two-inch natural quartzite countertops, a built-in wine fridge and appliances from SubZero, Miele and Bosch. chicagotribune.com, "River North penthouse with rooftop deck: $2M," 14 Nov. 2019 The landscaping is sleek and refined—Blonde Ambition grass provides a soft edge to counteract the hard Idaho quartzite paving. Kate Mcgregor, ELLE Decor, "This Sun Valley Ski Chalet is the Place for Instant Relaxation," 5 Nov. 2019 The gourmet kitchen is designed around gorgeous counters of leathered quartzite and Caesarstone with an additional walnut butcher block. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Luxury new construction in Lafayette’s Happy Valley," 23 Sep. 2019 Made of blocks of red quartzite and gray diorite, the chapel housed the sacred bark of Amun when not in use for Opet or other festivals. National Geographic, "Egypt’s pharaohs welcomed summer with this fabulous festival," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of quartzite

1823, in the meaning defined above

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20 Feb 2020

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“Quartzite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartzite. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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