noun[mass noun] Geology
A coarse-grained metamorphic rock which consists of layers of different minerals and can be split into thin irregular plates.
- 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.
Late 18th century: from French schiste, via Latin from Greek skhistos 'split', from the base of skhizein 'cleave'.
Words that rhyme with schistassist, cist, coexist, consist, cyst, desist, enlist, exist, gist, grist, hist, insist, list, Liszt, mist, persist, resist, subsist, tryst, twist, whist, wist, wrist
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