- of, resembling, or in the form of schist.
Also schis·tous [shis-tuh s] /ˈʃɪs təs/.
Origin of schistose
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In Brittany a gneissose and schistose igneous series lies at the base of the pre-Cambrian.
Red shale and blue, cinder-grey and lemon-yellow; some schistose and sparkling, the bulk dull and dead.Unexplored Spain
They were thickly covered with eucalypti and brush, and, though based upon sandstone, were themselves of a schistose formation.
Here it loses part of its schistose structure, but the separation into parallel layers is still discernible.A Manual of Elementary Geology
Still more common is the occurrence of sheared, foliated or schistose forms of gabbro.
- A highly foliated, medium-grained metamorphic rock that splits easily into flakes or slabs along well-defined planes of mica. The mineral composition of schist is varied and is often reflected in the name given to the rock. For example, a schist that contains garnet is called a garnet schist. A schist containing chlorite is called a chlorite schist.
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