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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 This Savennières, from sandy schist soils in the Anjou region, is richly textured, bright and succulent. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "20 Wines Under $20: Touring the World, Familiar to Obscure," 25 Jan. 2018 But not all of Piedmont has limestone — the Gattinara area, for instance, is all schist. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rhys Vineyards' Kevin Harvey turns to Italian-style wines in Sonoma," 8 Dec. 2017 The highlight of the park is of course the gorge, where walls of red-gray rhyolite schist, a hard volcanic rock, rise up to 40 feet along the Eau Claire River. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dells of the Eau Claire is a gorgeous county park near Wausau," 2 Nov. 2017 Unlike Vouvray to the east, where chenin blanc is grown predominantly on clay and limestone soils, the grapes of Savennières are grown on schist. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Your Next Lesson: Savennières," 27 Oct. 2017 Compared with a standard Colorado, the ZR2’s ride height is two inches higher and the track gets shoved out 3.5 inches, endowing the pickup with balletic stability on the slickrock and crumbled schist. Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver, "2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel," 27 July 2017 There are many culprits: population density, the nature of the schist, the desire to appease the neighbors, the size of the stations, which the M.T.A. attributes to ever more stringent fire and safety regulations. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Second Avenue Subway Is Here!," 13 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of schist

circa 1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schist

French schiste, from Latin schistos (lapis), literally, fissile stone, from Greek schistos that may be split, from schizein

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“Schist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of schist

technical : a type of rock that can be broken into thin, flat pieces

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