Origin of gneiss
Examples from the Web for gneiss
In the centre of a lovely valley rises a conical rock of gneiss, protruding to the height of 200 feet or more.Round About the Carpathians|Andrew F. Crosse
Hence the origin of the primary or crystalline strata,—gneiss, mica-schist, and the rest.A Manual of Elementary Geology|Charles Lyell.
The rock was found by Watson to be gneiss, rich in mica, felspar and garnets.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
The rocks, like those where we landed last night, were grey granite and gneiss.
It is composed of gneiss, curiously crossed in every direction by veins of quartz.
British Dictionary definitions for gneiss
Word Origin for gneiss
Word Origin and History for gneiss
1757, from German Gneiss "type of metamorphic rock," probably from Middle High German gneist "spark" (so called because the rock glitters), from Old High German gneisto "spark" (cf. Old English gnast "spark," Old Norse gneisti).