Definition of skarn in English:


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Pronunciation: /skɑːn


[mass noun] Geology
  • Lime-bearing siliceous rock produced by the metamorphic alteration of limestone or dolomite.
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    • In this issue I look at skarn, a metamorphic rock type.
    • The skarn is exposed along a steep mountainside that is gullied along its base by several small, intermittent streams that flow into a beautiful, boulder-filled river.
    • No skarn or tactite ores have been reported from the district.


early 20th century: from Swedish, literally 'dung, filth'.

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