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1. Rock, usually limestone, composed of pisoliths.
2. See pisolith.

[Greek pisos, pea + -lite.]

pi′so·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Geological Science) a sedimentary rock, commonly a limestone, consisting of pea-sized concentric formations (pisoliths) within a fine matrix
[C18: from New Latin pisolithus pea stone, from Greek pisos pea + lithos -lite]
pisolitic adj


(ˈpɪs əˌlaɪt, ˈpɪz-, ˈpaɪ sə-)

limestone composed of rounded concretions about the size of a pea.
[1700–10; < New Latin pisolithus < Greek píso(s) pea + líthos -lite]
pis`o•lit′ic (-ˈlɪt ɪk) adj.
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