Erratic
Erratic Er*rat"ic, n. 1. One who deviates from common and accepted opinions; one who is eccentric or preserve in his intellectual character. [1913 Webster]

2. A rogue. [Obs.] --Cockeram. [1913 Webster]

3. (Geol.) Any stone or material that has been borne away from its original site by natural agencies; esp., a large block or fragment of rock; a bowlder. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the plural the term is applied especially to the loose gravel and stones on the earth's surface, including what is called drift. [1913 Webster]


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