plural -s
: a small longitudinally grooved column of the same material as the rock in which it occurs often resulting from the slipping under vertical pressure of a part capped by a shell through adjacent parts not so capped though one or more layers (as of limestone) may be affected by stylolitic structure throughout where there is no capping object

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary styl- entry 1 + -lite

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“Stylolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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