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[grahy-zuh n]
  1. a hydrothermally altered rock of granitic texture composed chiefly of quartz and mica, common in the tin mines of Europe.
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Origin of greisen

Borrowed into English from German around 1875–80
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Historical Examples of greisen

  • Greisen occurs typically in belts or veins intersecting granite.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5


  • Greisen is closely connected with schorl rock both in its mineralogical composition and in its mode of origin.

British Dictionary definitions for greisen


  1. a light-coloured metamorphic rock consisting mainly of quartz, white mica, and topaz formed by the pneumatolysis of granite
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Word Origin for greisen

C19: from German, from greissen to split
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