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[shis-tohs] /ˈʃɪs toʊs/
of, resembling, or in the form of schist.
Also, schistous
[shis-tuh s] /ˈʃɪs təs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of schistose
1785-95; schist + -ose1
Related forms
[shi-stos-i-tee] /ʃɪˈstɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for schistose
  • Blue, thin-bedded, finely crystalline schistose limestone and calcareous slate.
  • Two generations of cleavage are evident in the more schistose rocks, the older schistosity being transected by a slip cleavage.
  • The western part of these metamorphic rocks are mainly phyllite, grading eastward into quartzitic and schistose rocks.
schistose in Science
A highly foliated, medium-grained metamorphic rock that splits easily into flakes or slabs along well-defined planes of mica. The mineral composition of schist is varied and is often reflected in the name given to the rock. For example, a schist that contains garnet is called a garnet schist. A schist containing chlorite is called a chlorite schist.

schistose adjective (shĭs'tōs')
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