cataclasis

noun cata·cla·sis \ˌkatəˈklāsə̇s; kəˈtakləsə̇s, kaˈ-\

Definition of cataclasis

plural

cataclases

\-ˌsēz\
  1. :  the crushing or fracturing of rocks and minerals during metamorphism — compare breccia, crush breccia

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Origin and Etymology of cataclasis

New Latin, from Greek kataklasis, from kata- cata- + klasis breaking — more at -clasia


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