Meaning of cornstone in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɔːnstəʊn/


mass nounGeology
  • A mottled red and green limestone characteristic of the Old and the New Red Sandstone in Britain.

    ‘The Bishops Frome Limestone and cornstones of the St Maughans Formation also have been used for this purpose.’
    • ‘The soil is loam and the subsoil Old Red Sandstone, interstratified with cornstone at Pippin's Hill in the north.’
    • ‘These cornstones are only exposed at low water, and occupy a position some 15 ft. or 20 ft. above the Parnell grit.’
    • ‘It may be noted that the building at the top is an old lime kiln where they used to burn the cornstone to get lime for their fields.’
    • ‘The landscape is punctuated by hills which are often topped with a thin band of limestone known locally as cornstone.’