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3 definitions found
 for Shale
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shale \Shale\, n. [AS. scealy, scalu. See Scalme, and cf.
     Shell.]
     1. A shell or husk; a cod or pod. "The green shales of a
        bean." --Chapman.
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     2. [G. shale.] (Geol.) A fine-grained sedimentary rock of a
        thin, laminated, and often friable, structure.
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     Bituminous shale. See under Bituminous.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shale \Shale\, v. t.
     To take off the shell or coat of; to shell.
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           Life, in its upper grades, was bursting its shell, or
           was shaling off its husk.                --I. Taylor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shale
      n 1: a sedimentary rock formed by the deposition of successive
           layers of clay

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