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schist

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Pronunciation: /ʃɪst
 
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Definition of schist in English:

noun

[mass noun] Geology
A coarse-grained metamorphic rock which consists of layers of different minerals and can be split into thin irregular plates.
Example sentences
  • Glaciers have deposited shale, slate, schist, and limestone throughout the region.
  • The three mountainous areas consist of large cores of igneous rocks (granites and basalts) surrounded by larger areas of metamorphic rocks, mostly schists and gneiss.
  • It includes a variety of rocks, such as basalt, granite, gneiss, quartzite, slate, and schist.

Origin

late 18th century: from French schiste, via Latin from Greek skhistos 'split', from the base of skhizein 'cleave'.

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