sty·​lo·​lite | \ ˈstīləˌlīt \
plural -s

Definition of stylolite

: 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

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Other Words from stylolite

stylolitic \ ¦⸗⸗¦litik \ adjective

History and Etymology for stylolite

International Scientific Vocabulary styl- entry 1 + -lite

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“Stylolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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