Coccolith
Coccolith Coc"co*lith, n. [Gr. ? a grain, seed + -lith.] (Biol.) One of a kind of minute, calcareous bodies, probably vegetable, often abundant in deep-sea mud. [1913 Webster]

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  • coccolith — coc·co·lith …   English syllables

  • coccolith — coc•co•lith [[t]ˈkɒk əˌlɪθ[/t]] n. gel mcr a microscopic calcareous disk or ring making up part of the covering of certain marine plankton and forming much of the content of chalk rocks • Etymology: 1865–70; < NL Coccolithus orig. a genus… …   From formal English to slang

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