Meaning of cornbrash in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɔːnbraʃ/


mass nounGeology
  • An earthy fossiliferous limestone occurring widely in England in a thin formation of Jurassic age.

    ‘In the sandy bed of the spring can be found tiny fossils shaped like stars, which are constantly being freed from the fossil-bearing cornbrash below by the action of the spring water, which then carries them up to the surface.’
    • ‘Cornbrash is a variety of limestone underlying the local gravels already extracted.’
    • ‘This is the most complete section of exposed Cornbrash along the Dorset coast.’


Early 19th century from corn+ brash.