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skarn

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Pronunciation: /skɑːn
 
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Definition of skarn in English:

noun

[mass noun] Geology
Lime-bearing siliceous rock produced by the metamorphic alteration of limestone or dolomite.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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