xenoblast

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

noun Mineralogy.

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

QUIZZES

FOR POSTERITY’S SAKE, TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

Are words your bailiwick? Take the latest quiz on the words from July 6 to July 12 to find out.
Question 1 of 7
bailiwick

OTHER WORDS FROM xenoblast

xen·o·blas·tic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Scientific definitions for xenoblastic

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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.