oncolite


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on·co·lite

 (ŏn′kə-līt′)
n.
A spherical stromatolite that usually forms around a fragment of detritus such as a piece of shell or a grain of sand.

[Greek onkos, mass; see oncology + -lite.]

on′co·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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To the wood Martin added an oncolite of a 50 million year old fossil snail that he had collected near Dubois, Wyoming.
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