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stishovite

[stish-uh-vahyt]
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noun Mineralogy.
  1. a rare polymorph of quartz, SiO2, formed under very high pressure, as by meteorite impact.
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Origin of stishovite

1960–65; named after S. M. Stishov, 20th-century Russian mineralogist; see -ite1
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