• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Schistose (Geol) Of or pertaining to schist; having the structure of a schist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • schistose Having the structure of schist; resembling schist, or made up of a rock so designated. A schistose structure differs from that resulting from sedimentation in that the former bears the marks of chemical action in the more or less complete interlacing or felting of the component particles, and in the continual breaks or want of continuity of the laminæ, while in the latter the particles are only held together by some cement differing from them in composition, or even by pressure alone, and are arranged in a more distinctly parallel order than is usually the case with the schists. In rocks in which a slaty cleavage is very highly developed, as in roofing-slate, this cleavage is almost always quite distinct from and independent in position of the lines of stratification, and this fact can ordinarily be recognized with ease in the field. There are cases, however, in which a schistose structure has been developed in a mass of rock parallel with the planes of stratification. Also spelled shistose, shistous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Schistose like schist: slaty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. schisteux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. schiste—Gr. schistosschizein, to split.


In literature:

The schistose rocks from Scott's Nunatak are streaked, and, in part, very fine-grained quartz diorite schists.
"The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2" by Roald Amundsen
They were thickly covered with eucalypti and brush, and, though based upon sandstone, were themselves of a schistose formation.
"Two Expeditions in the Interior of Southern Australia, Volume II" by Charles Sturt
Many varieties have lost all of their original character in the secondary schistosity.
"History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia" by James W. Head
Small centrally-grooved axe; schistose rock.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
The material is a banded schistose slate.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
It was employed for this purpose along with tiles as far back as the eleventh century in the majority of schistose districts.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1157, March 5, 1898" by Various
It consists largely of crystalline and schistose rocks.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The ore bodies are roughly parallel to the bedding, but in instances follow the schistosity which cuts across the bedding.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
At the same time a schistose structure is produced.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
It occurs as isolated scales scattered through schistose rocks and phyllites of dynamo-metamorphic origin.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various