[ shis-tohs ]
/ ˈʃɪs toʊs /


of, resembling, or in the form of schist.
Also schis·tous [shis-tuh s] /ˈʃɪs təs/.

Origin of schistose

First recorded in 1785–95; schist + -ose1

Related forms

schis·tos·i·ty [shi-stos-i-tee] /ʃɪˈstɒs ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Science definitions for schistose


[ shĭst ]

A highly foliated, medium-grained metamorphic rock that splits easily into flakes or slabs along well-defined planes of mica. The mineral composition of schist is varied and is often reflected in the name given to the rock. For example, a schist that contains garnet is called a garnet schist. A schist containing chlorite is called a chlorite schist.

Related forms

schistose adjective (shĭstōs′)
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