Gneissoid

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Gneissoid Resembling gneiss; having some of the characteristics of gneiss; -- applied to rocks of an intermediate character between granite and gneiss, or mica slate and gneiss.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gneissoid Resembling gneiss in structure, especially with reference to the foliated arrangement of the constituents. Rocks are called gneissoid when they have the gneissic structure only imperfectly developed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Gneissoid having some of the characters of gneiss
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gneiss, + -oid,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. gneiss, a miners' word of unknown origin.

Usage

In literature:

Drifts piled high in bleak ravines, and the grim gneissoid crags were begirt with gigantic icicles.
"The Christmas Miracle" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Drifts piled high in bleak ravines, and the grim gneissoid crags were begirt with gigantic icicles.
"The Raid of The Guerilla and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
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