- schism, great,
Origin of schist
Examples from the Web for schist
Awed, despite themselves, they stood there on a flat slab of schist that projected boldly over the void.Darkness and Dawn|George Allan England
The marble occupies two beds in schist, and between the two rocks there is gradation of composition.
A zone of sheeted rocks like schist or slate, if sufficiently mineralized to warrant mining, would be a lode.The Business of Mining|Arthur J. Hoskin
The next geological formation which is represented is the Eocene, consisting of nummulitic limestone, sandstone and schist.
It is entirely made up of angular fragments of the schist underneath, to which it adheres with great tenacity.Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire|John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
Word Origin for schist
type of layered metamorphic rock, 1795 (earlier schistus, c.1600), from French schiste (16c.), from Latin schistos lapis "stone that splits easily" (Pliny), from Greek skhistos "divided, separated," from skhizein "to split" (see shed (v.)). The rock splits easily in layers. Liddell and Scott says Greek skhistos lithos was "probably talc."