from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as kankar.


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  • To what depth the mud extends is not known, but it resembles the loess in being generally devoid of stratification, and of shells, though containing occasionally land shells in abundance, as well as calcareous concretions, called kunkur, which may be compared to the nodules of carbonate of lime sometimes observed to form layers in the Rhenish loess.

    The Antiquity of Man

  • There are no rocks in Oude, and the only form in which lime is found for building purposes and road-pavements is that of kunkur, which is

    A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II

  • August 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm i kwite kunkur ackshully. iz nawt perty faec tu lewk at!

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  • Much of this great roadway is metaled with _kunkur_, an oolitic limestone found near the surface of the soil in Hindustan; and all Anglo-India laughed at the joke of an irreverent punster who, _apropos_ of the fact that this application of kunkur to the road-bed was made under the orders of

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 099, March, 1876

  • In proportion as it contains the last, the kunkur is more or less red.

    A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II

  • Doctor O'Shaughnessy, the most eminent chemist now in India, tells me that there are two marked varieties of kunkur in India -- the red and the white; that the red differs from the white solely in containing a larger proportion of peroxide of iron; that the white consists of carbonate of lime, silica, alumina, and sometimes magnesia and protoxide of iron.

    A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II

  • Where the floods which cover the surface during the rains come in rivers, flowing from the Himmalaya or other hills abounding in limestone rocks, they of course contain lime and carbonic-acid gas, which add to the kunkur nodules formed in the bed below; but in Oude the rivers seldom overflow to any extent, and the kunkur is, I believe, formed chiefly from the lime already existing in the bed.

    A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II

  • There is a good deal of kunkur-lime in the ground over which we have passed today; but the tillage is good where the land is at all level, and the crops are fine.

    A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II

  • A change of vowels or a doubling of a consonant is also not infrequent, thus giving English kunkur ` variety of limestone 'in lieu of kankar, mulmul ` muslin' in lieu of malmal, muggar ` kind of crocodile 'in lieu of magar.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XVIII No 1

  • He states that he considers the kunkur to be deposited by calcareous waters, abounding in infusorial animalculæ; that the waters of the annual inundation are rich in lime, and that all the facts that have come under his observation appear to him to indicate that this is the source of the kunkur deposit, which is seen in a different form in the Italian travertine, and the crescent nodules of the Isle of Sheppey and of Bologne.

    A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II


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