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Definition of schist

: a metamorphic crystalline rock that has a closely foliated structure and can be split along approximately parallel planes

Examples of schist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At higher altitudes and grown with care, the Douro’s schist soils can produce taut, focused whites that seem to express the spirit of rock itself. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 Black Canyon is a park of extremes, both fertile springtime folly and menacing gash of gneiss and schist. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 28 Aug. 2020 Western South Dakota has some of the finest hunks of sandstone, mica schist, granite, and phonolite porphyry in the American West. The Editors, Outside Online, 18 Aug. 2020 It’s a metamorphic rock called schist, compressed by mountains thought to have once been as tall as the Himalayas. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 One is made from grapes grown on granite soil, the other from grapes grown on schist. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 One night, two massive schist reliefs in the entrance hall, which had seemed too heavy to remove, disappeared, presumably by truck. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 From the sands that trapped our pickup atop Ward Terrace to the Vishnu schist—the black rock at the bottom of the canyon that is being carved away by the Colorado River—these landscapes preserve much of the past 1.8 billion years of the rock record. Matthew A. Brown, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2021 Artist Randall Nelson of Willington located and secured the schist, and carved and installed the stone., 24 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of schist

circa 1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schist

borrowed from French schiste (Middle French pierre schiste, with pierre "stone"), borrowed from Latin schistos (in Pliny's Naturalis historia) "a kind of iron ore, perhaps limonite," shortened from lapis schistos, literally, "fissile stone," from lapis "stone" + schistos "easily split, fissile," borrowed from Greek schistós "split, divided," verbal adjective of schízein "to split, separate" — more at shed entry 1

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“Schist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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