transilient

adjective

tran·​sil·​ient
-nt
: passing abruptly from one thing to another
specifically : marked by breaches of continuity or abrupt transitions or variations in geological structure
transilient rocks

Word History

Etymology

Latin transilient-, transiliens, present participle of transilire to leap across, from trans- + -silire (from salire to leap)

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“Transilient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transilient. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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