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

  • n. A secondary structure found along contacting surfaces of adjacent calcareous rock layers, the contact zone appearing in cross section as a series of jagged interlocking up-and-down projections that resemble a suture or the tracing of a stylus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An irregular surface between strata consisting of toothlike projections; most common in limestone and dolomite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A peculiar form of jointed or columnar structure occasionally seen in beds of limestone, unting the adjoining surfaces of two layers of the rock, and usually from half an inch to 3 or 4 inches in length.

Etymologies

Greek stūlos, pillar; see stylite + -lite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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