Shale

Definition of Shale

n.1.A shell or husk; a cod or pod.
2.(Geol.) A fine-grained sedimentary rock of a thin, laminated, and often friable, structure.
Bituminous shale
See under Bituminous.
v. t.1.To take off the shell or coat of; to shell.
Life, in its upper grades, was bursting its shell, or was shaling off its husk.
- I. Taylor.

Related Words

humic shale, oil shale, sedimentary rock
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