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10 July 2008 @ 12:36 am
Word #22  


1. rock resembling sandstone,
a poorly sorted sandstone containing fragments of rock and minerals in a clayey matrix

2. (alternative spelling of) wacky

see also: graywacke

Etymology: 1803, from German Wacke, from Middle High German wacke "a large stone," from Old High German wacko "gravel," probably from Old High German wegan "to move." A miner's word, brought into geology by German geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner (1750-1817).

Remember The Wolf and the Seven Kids? The stones which the old goat put into the wolf's belly once the little kids were safe? These are "Wackersteine" in the original German, i.a. wacke stones.
Stefaniestefanie_bean on July 10th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Which makes me wonder about the etymology of the name "Wacker" (like Wacker Drive in Chicago.) Wonder if it was an old German name pertaining to these stones?