pseudomorph

[ soo-duh-mawrf ]
/ ˈsu dəˌmɔrf /
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noun

an irregular or unclassifiable form.
a mineral having the outward appearance of another mineral that it has replaced by chemical action.

Nearby words

  1. pseudomembranous enterocolitis,
  2. pseudomembranous gastritis,
  3. pseudomembranous inflammation,
  4. pseudomonad,
  5. pseudomonas,
  6. pseudomutuality,
  7. pseudomyxoma,
  8. pseudomyxoma peritonei,
  9. pseudoneoplasm,
  10. pseudonephritis

Origin of pseudomorph

First recorded in 1840–50; pseudo- + -morph

Related formspseu·do·mor·phic, pseu·do·mor·phous, adjectivepseu·do·mor·phism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pseudomorph

pseudomorph

/ (ˈsjuːdəʊˌmɔːf) /

noun

a mineral that has an uncharacteristic crystalline form as a result of assuming the shape of another mineral that it has replaced
Derived Formspseudomorphic or pseudomorphous, adjectivepseudomorphism, noun

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Word Origin and History for pseudomorph

pseudomorph

n.

"irregular form," 1838, earlier in German and French, from pseudo- + Greek morphe "form" (see Morpheus). Related: Pseudomorphic.

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