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Coquina is the Spanish name for shell limestone. The name is used both as a brand name and a common name for a soft porous Limestone that contains of visible shell and coral fragments. Large occurrences of coquina are found in Florida where the stone was the preferred construction material when the Spainards built St. Augustine in the 1600s. The Castillo de San Marcos, a fortress built in 1672, has the claim for being the largest coquina structure in the world.

Synonyms and Related Terms

shell limestone; coquina (Esp.)


Resources and Citations

  • W. Bucher, Dictionary of Building Preservation, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1996.
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 455
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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