argillaceous

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Containing, made of, or resembling clay; clayey.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of the nature of or resembling clay.
  • Containing a considerable amount of clayey matter: as, argillaceous earth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of the nature of clay; consisting of, or containing, argil or clay; clayey.
  • adjective (Geol.) a sandstone containing much clay.
  • adjective the clay ironstone.
  • adjective See Argillite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective pertaining to clay; made of, containing, or resembling clay

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective resembling or containing clay

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin argillāceus, from argilla, argil; see argil.]

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From the Latin argillaceus, from argilla ‘clay’, from Greek αργιλλος.

Examples

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  • describes sedimentary rock that is made up of clay or silt particles.

    October 31, 2007

  • The soil of this vast depression is entirely argillaceous, and therefore impermeable, so that the waters remain there and make of it a region very difficult to cross during the hot season.

    -- Jules Verne, Michael Strogoff

    October 9, 2009