Meaning of arenaceous in English:


Pronunciation /ˌarɪˈneɪʃəs/

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  • 1Geology
    Consisting of sand or particles of a substance similar to sand.

    ‘In the Stretton Hills and on the Long Mynd there is a sequence of largely arenaceous beds, the Longmyndian Supergroup, whose age is unknown.’
    • ‘Most of this arenaceous succession displays abundant trough and tabular cross-bedding.’
    • ‘The characteristics and depositional environments of these mostly arenaceous formations are summarized in Table 1.’
    • ‘In the forest area in Simian Mountain, there are quite a number of streams, waterfalls, lakes and arenaceous red rock topographic features.’
    1. 1.1Biology (of animals or plants) living or growing in sand.
      ‘Massart speaks of it as occurring in the Algerian Sahara as a typical arenaceous plant.’
      • ‘He asked his botany teacher if spinach is considered an arenaceous plant.’
      • ‘The measurement of soil water content within the community shows that fugitive dunes can keep soil water effectively and that the selected drought-tolerant arenaceous plants, can survive under extreme drought conditions.’


Mid 17th century from Latin arenaceus, from arena, harena ‘sand’.