Shale (?), n. [AS. scealy, scalu. See Scalme, and cf. Shell.]


A shell or husk; a cod or pod.

"The green shales of a bean."


2. [G. shale.] Geol.

A fine-grained sedimentary rock of a thin, laminated, and often friable, structure.

Bituminous shale. See under Bituminous.


© Webster 1913.

Shale, v. t.

To take off the shell or coat of; to shell.

Life, in its upper grades, was bursting its shell, or was shaling off its husk. I. Taylor.


© Webster 1913.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.