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hornfels

[hawrn-felz] /ˈhɔrn fɛlz/
noun
1.
a dark, fine-grained metamorphic rock, the result of recrystallization of siliceous or argillaceous sediments by contact metamorphism.
Origin of hornfels
1850-1855
1850-55; < German, equivalent to Horn horn + Fels rock, cliff
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hornfels

/ˈhɔːnfɛlz/
noun
1.
a hard compact fine-grained metamorphic rock formed by the action of heat from a magmatic intrusion on neighbouring sedimentary rocks Also called hornstone
Word Origin
German: literally, horn rock
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hornfels
  (hôrn'fělz')   
A fine-grained metamorphic rock having a uniform grain size and formed by contact metamorphism.
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