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[mahy-luh-nahyt, mil-uh-] /ˈmaɪ ləˌnaɪt, ˈmɪl ə-/
Geology. a rock that has been crushed and sheared to such an extent that its original texture has been destroyed.
Origin of mylonite
1885-90; mylon- (representing Greek mýlos mill) + -ite1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mylonite
  • West of the mylonite is a feldspar-rich amphibolite gneiss.
  • The intensity of strain within the regional foliation locally grades to mylonite.
British Dictionary definitions for mylonite


/ˈmaɪləˌnaɪt; ˈmɪlə-/
a fine-grained metamorphic rock, often showing banding and micaceous fracture, formed by the crushing, grinding, or rolling of the original structure
Word Origin
C19: from Greek mulōn mill
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mylonite in Science
A fine-grained laminated metamorphic rock in which preexisting minerals have been partially pulverized and drawn out into bands. Mylonite forms along geologic faults where shearing and grinding of rocks takes place.
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