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xenoblast

[ zen-uh-blast, zee-nuh- ]
/ ˈzɛn əˌblæst, ˈzi nə- /
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noun Mineralogy.

a crystal that forms in metamorphic rock and gets its outline from neighboring crystals.

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Origin of xenoblast

First recorded in 1920–25; xeno- + -blast
xen·o·blas·tic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for xenoblast

xenoblast
[ zĕnə-blăst′, zēnə- ]

A mineral that has not developed its characteristic crystalline faces and that has formed in a rock that has undergone metamorphism.
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