[ fil-ahyt ]
/ ˈfɪl aɪt /
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a slaty rock, the cleavage planes of which have a luster imparted by minute scales of mica.
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OTHER WORDS FROM phyllitephyl·lit·ic [fi-lit-ik], /fɪˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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How to use phyllite in a sentence
Geologically, the Erzgebirge range consists mainly of gneiss, mica and phyllite.
At Otter Lake a much foliated and weathered phyllite was found.The Long Labrador Trail|Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for phyllite
/ (ˈfɪlaɪt) /
a compact lustrous metamorphic rock, rich in mica, derived from a shale or other clay-rich rock
Derived forms of phyllitephyllitic (fɪˈlɪtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for phyllite
C19: from phyll (o) - + -ite 1
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Scientific definitions for phyllite
[ fĭl′īt′ ]
A green, gray, or red metamorphic rock, similar to slate but often having a wavy surface and a distinctive luster imparted by the presence of mica.
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