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Related to schistous: gneissose, phyllitic


Any of various medium-grained to coarse-grained metamorphic rocks composed of laminated, often flaky parallel layers of chiefly micaceous minerals.

[French schiste, from Latin (lapis) schistos, fissile (stone), a kind of iron ore, from Greek skhistos, split, divisible, from skhizein, to split; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

schis′tose′ (shĭs′tōs′), schis′tous (-təs) adj.


1. (Geological Science) another word for schistose
2. another word for schistose
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The 2011 Vintage Ports have an exceptional depth of color and concentration, rarely seen in the Douro and with marked minerality from the schistous Douro soil.
The best wines of Morgon come from schistous or slate soils, rather than granite, such as the Cote de Py.
sedimentary rock but metamorphic, schistous, conglomerate.