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Of, relating to, or being a surface characterized by smooth, shell-like convexities and concavities, as on fractured obsidian.

[From Greek konkhoeidēs, mussellike : konkho-, concho- + -oeidēs, -oid.]

con·choi′dal·ly adv.


1. (Geological Science) (of the fracture of minerals and rocks) having smooth shell-shaped convex and concave surfaces
2. (Geological Science) (of minerals and rocks, such as flint) having such a fracture
conˈchoidally adv


(kɒŋˈkɔɪd l)

denoting a fracture shape whose surface resembles the inside of a clamshell, characteristic of certain minerals.
con•choi′dal•ly, adv.
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It was opaque black with a vitreous lustre and a surface that showed conchoidal fracture patterns.
Silcretes are brittle, often with a lustrous conchoidal fracture, and very resistant to weathering.
The best quality were deemed to be of French or English origin, translucent with a smooth surface of a "uniform tint of light yellow or brown color, and slightly conchoidal fracture.
Holfertite has perfect cleavage on {110} and an uneven to conchoidal fracture.