stylolite

noun

sty·​lo·​lite
ˈstīləˌlīt
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
stylolitic
¦⸗⸗¦litik
adjective

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary styl- entry 1 + -lite

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“Stylolite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stylolite. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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