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Meaning of SLATY

Pronunciation:  'sleytee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of the color of slate or granite; "the slaty sky of dawn"
  2. [adj]  resembling or containing slate

SLATY is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: achromatic, hard, slate-gray, slatey, stone-gray



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Slat"y\, a. [From {Slate}.]
Resembling slate; having the nature, appearance, or
properties, of slate; composed of thin parallel plates,
capable of being separated by splitting; as, a slaty color or

{Slaty cleavage} (Min.), cleavage, as of rocks, into thin
   leaves or plates, like those of slate; -- applied
   especially to those cases in which the planes of cleavage
   are not parallel to the planes of stratification. It is
   now believed to be caused by the compression which the
   strata have undergone.

{Slaty gneiss} (Min.), a variety of gneiss in which the
   scales of mica or crystals of hornblende, which are
   usually minute, form thin lamin[ae], rendering the rock
   easily cleavable.