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stishovite

[stish-uh-vahyt] /ˈstɪʃ əˌvaɪt/
noun, Mineralogy
1.
a rare polymorph of quartz, SiO 2 , formed under very high pressure, as by meteorite impact.
Compare coesite.
Origin of stishovite
1960-1965
1960-65; named after S. M. Stishov, 20th-century Russian mineralogist; see -ite1
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