skarn

noun
\ ˈskärn, kȧn \
plural -s

Definition of skarn

: contact metamorphic rock rich in iron

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History and Etymology for skarn

Swedish, literally, filth; akin to Old Norse skarn dirt, dung

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“Skarn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skarn. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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