Variolitic Va`ri*o*lit"ic, a. [From {Variola}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Thickly marked with small, round specks; spotted. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geol.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, variolite. [1913 Webster]

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  • variolitic — /vair ee euh lit ik/, adj. 1. Petrog. containing or resembling varioles, esp. in texture. 2. spotted; speckled. [1860 65; variolite rock containing varioles (see VARIOLE, ITE1) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • variolitic — var·i·o·lit·ic …   English syllables

  • variolitic — /ˌvɛəriəˈlɪtɪk/ (say .vairreeuh litik) adjective 1. Geology of or resembling variolite, especially in texture. 2. spotted; speckled …   Australian English dictionary

  • variolitic — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|lid.ik adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary variolite + ic : of, relating to, or resembling variolite …   Useful english dictionary

  • Variolite — Variolites (Latin varius , speckled, variegated ) are a group of dark green basic igneous rocks that, especially on weathered surfaces, exhibit pale colored spots, or spherules, that give them a pockmarked appearance. In some conditions these… …   Wikipedia

  • Komatiite — Komatiites are ultramafic mantle derived volcanic rocks. They have low SiO2, low K2O, low Al2O3, and high to extremely high MgO. They were named for their type locality along the Komati River in South Africa. True komatiites are very rare and… …   Wikipedia

  • List of rock textures — This page is intended to be a list of rock textural and morphological terms. A * Adcumulate * Agglomeritic * Adamantine a type of lustre * Amygdaloidal * Anhedral * Antitaxial veins * Aphanitic * Aplitic; aplite * Augen textured gneiss *… …   Wikipedia

  • pitted — adj pocked, pocky, pockmarked, punctate, varioloid, variolous, variolar, Pathol. variolate, Petrogeny. variolitic, All Biol. foveat, foveated, foveal, foveolate, foveolar; scarred, marked, spotted, blemished, marred, defaced; craterous, cavitied …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • variole —   n. small depression resembling pockmark; Geology, small light coloured sphere found in type of igneous rock.    ♦ variolite, n. such rock.    ♦ variolitic, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • variolite — n. a rock with embedded small spherical masses causing on its surface an appearance like smallpox pustules. Derivatives: variolitic adj. Etymology: as VARIOLE + ITE(1) …   Useful english dictionary

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