One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]usually as adjective intergrown
(chiefly of crystals) grow into each other.‘finely intergrown siderite’
- ‘The hematite and the clays appear intergrown, suggesting that they co-precipitated.’
- ‘The microcline and quartz are sometimes intergrown as graphic granite and become very coarse grained near pockets.’
- ‘Some of the turquoise from their mine contains limonite intergrown with thin layers of native gold.’
- ‘A specimen from the replacement deposits of the Basin vein consists of several interlocking chalcopyrite crystals intergrown with clear quartz crystals.’
- ‘These aggregates are perched on a matrix of fine-grained garnet densely intergrown with other manganese silicates.’
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