Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geology, a name given in Switzerland to an important geological formation belonging in part to the Miocene and in part to a position intermediate between the Eocene and the Miocene. The formation is in places over 6,000 feet thick, and chiefly of lacustrine origin. The fossil vegetation of the Molasse is of great interest, being subtropical in character, containing palms of an American type, and also the coniferous genus Sequoia, now limited to California. It is the upper member of the Molasse which contains these plant-remains, and this part of the series is made up of red sandstones, marls, and conglomerate (nagelfluh). The lower division of the Molasse is a sandstone containing marine and brackish-water shells.
- n. geology A shallow deposit of sandstone, shale and conglomerate in front of a rising mountain chain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Geol.) A soft Tertiary sandstone; -- applied to a rock occurring in Switzerland. See
- From French molasse, from Latin mollis. (Wiktionary)
“When they could get it to work properly, it would only last about 1 hour, then it would revert back to being slower than frozen molasse.”
“On vous traite de fainéasse, de molasse, de mollusque, de marmotte, de bon a rien tout ca parce que vous n'avez l'coeur a rien forcement vous etes crevé ... donc vous dormez dormez dormez et peu importe tous les effors que vous fournirez ... vous dormirez encore et toujours jusqu'a carrement tout rater de ce que vous entreprendrez ...”
“The very recent secondary rocks everywhere present analogous phenomena; the molasse of the Pays de Vaud contains a fetid shelly limestone, and the cerite limestone of the banks of the Seine is sometimes mixed with sandstone.”
“Mortillet or cognisance of his views, he suggested in 1859 that the lake-basins were not of pre-glacial date, but had been scooped out by ice during the glacial period, the excavation having for the most part been effected in Miocene sandstone, provincially called, on account of its softness, "molasse.”
“The argillaceous and lignite-bearing strata, more than 100 feet in thickness, rest unconformably on highly inclined and sometimes vertical Miocene molasse.”
“The very recent secondary rocks everywhere present analogous phenomena; the molasse of the”
“The second formation is composed of fibrous gypsum, placed either in the molasse or new sandstone, or between this and the upper limestone.”
“These two rocks form a contrast no less striking than the molasse (bur-stone) of the Pays de Vaud, with the calcareous limestone of the Jura.”
“March 24, 2005 at 01: 28 PM elli, sadly i haven't found any brown sugar or satsifactory substitute here in switzerland. i have searched EVERYWHERE, to no avail. i have to get friends from o/s t bring it in for me. i have a brown sugar package arriving with friends this very friday - yay! however, i have seen a jar of something called 'melasse' or was it 'molasse' at coop. i didn't get a chance to have a close look at it to see if it was molasses or something else. for these cookies i used 'rohzucker' or 'cannezucker'. worked fine, but i imagine soft brown sugar would add just that touch of extra caramelly goodness.”
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