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  • adj. not having a fine texture


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  • The rock here is a porphyritic granite (porhyritic meaning that the stone has large-grained crystals, such as feldspar or quartz, dispersed in a fine-grained feldspathic matrix or groundmass).

    Of Books and the Sea

  • The difference in temperature between the warm ground and cold snow causes the flakes to form large-grained, square or cup-shaped facets, known as depth hoar, which don't bond well.

    Heavy Snows Trigger Deadly Avalanches

  • It had happened at the dinner at the funeral of Kostukov that the old deacon saw among the savouries some large-grained caviare and began eating it greedily; people nudged him, tugged at his arm, but he seemed petrified with enjoyment: felt nothing, and only went on eating.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • On the plain to the north of the Jebel el-Abyaz also, I found curdles of porphyritic trap, and parallel trap-dykes, cutting the courses of large-grained grey granite: as many as three outcrops of the former appeared within fourteen yards.

    The Land of Midian

  • I return then to my large-grained powder, which removes those difficulties.

    From the Earth to the Moon

  • “We shall have to employ a large-grained powder,” continued the major; “its combustion is more rapid than that of the small.”

    From the Earth to the Moon

  • Some are large-grained, of a pink colour, and appear in blocks, which, flaking off under the influence of the atmosphere, form ooidal blocks and boulders piled in irregular heaps.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • The stones at the bottom of the rivers appeared very fine, large-grained, dark coloured granite, of a kind quite different from the mountain rocks, or from any stones which they had ever seen in the colony.

    Journal of a tour of discovery across the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, in the year 1813

  • The large-grained surface snow was glittering like millions of tiny mirrors, and two bearded and grizzled figures emerged from a Scott tent among clusters of black volcanic rocks.

    Terra Incognita

  • The white, black, or purple large-grained types are made into bread and other baked foods.

    13. Other Cultivated Grains


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