plural -s
: a basic rock embedded with whitish spherules

Word History


probably from New Latin variolites, from Medieval Latin variola pustule, pox + Latin -ites -ite

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of variolite was in 1781

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“Variolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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