quartz·​ite ˈkwȯrt-ˌsīt How to pronounce quartzite (audio)
: a compact granular rock composed of quartz and derived from sandstone by metamorphism
quartzitic adjective

Examples of quartzite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mansion’s great room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and French doors while the kitchen has two islands, quartzite countertops, Kohler fixtures, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and a butler’s pantry. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 The house’s kitchen has O’Brien Harris cabinetry, two full-size Sub-Zero refrigerators, a six-burner Wolf stove and oven, a Miele dishwasher and a waterfall quartzite island. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 10 Aug. 2023 The process generally begins with quartz’s cousin, quartzite, which consists in large measure of silicon dioxide. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 An adjoining gourmet kitchen is outfitted with custom cabinetry, quartzite countertops, dual islands and sinks, a service bar with double-sided seating, wine fridge, Thermador appliances and an accompanying breakfast nook. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 17 Oct. 2023 There are a couple of guest or family bedrooms on the main floor, along with a spacious primary suite with two walk-in closets, a morning/midnight bar, a study, a private terrace facing the bay, and blue quartzite countertops and floors. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 25 Sep. 2023 Only 300 editions of the vanity tray have been produced, each signed and numbered and consisting of a quartzite and cobalt resin tray that swivels to reveal a quartzite spatula. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, 8 Sep. 2023 Thousands of climbers now test themselves on the canyon’s storied quartzite each year. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Aug. 2023 The quartzite stone top and threshold marry the gray, cream, and green tiles. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Aug. 2023 See More

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quartzite was in 1823

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“Quartzite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartzite. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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quartz·​ite ˈkwȯrt-ˌsīt How to pronounce quartzite (audio)
: a compact grainy rock composed of quartz and made from sandstone by the earth's heat and pressure

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