Variolite meaning

vârē-ə-līt, văr-
A basic rock whose pockmarked appearance is caused by the presence of numerous white, rounded, embedded spherules.
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(geol.) Any igneous rock containing varioles.
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(geology) A kind of diorite or diabase with embedded whitish spherules, which give the rock a spotted appearance.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of variolite

  • Latin varius various + -lite: compare French variolite.

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