greenschist

[green-shist]
noun Petrology.
schist colored green by an abundance of chlorite, epidote, or actinolite.
Compare greenstone.


Origin:
green + schist

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greenschist   (grēn'shĭst')  Pronunciation Key 
A green, schistose metamorphic rock that gets its color from the presence of chlorite, epidote, or actinolite. Greenschist forms under conditions of low temperature and low pressure.
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Example sentences
The greenschist is fine grained, dark greenish gray, and has good planar foliation.
These rocks are metamorphosed to upper greenschist facies.
The rocks have been metamorphosed to the zeolite and greenschist facies of regional metamorphism.
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