One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fine-grained metamorphic rock, typically banded, resulting from the grinding or crushing of other rocks.
- ‘These mylonites are microstructurally more homogeneous than other types, and consist of very finegrained calcite that displays an elongate grain shape fabric.’
- ‘The formation and preservation of the peridotite mylonite in particular presents problems of interpretation.’
- ‘Fine-grained mylonite developed in the fault corridor may have favoured aseismic deformation in the Shin volcano area.’
- ‘The hanging-wall mylonite consists of an interconnected muscovite and chlorite network within a quartz-rich matrix.’
- ‘However, quarry outcrops of mainly white halitic mylonites display isoclinal folds that suggest a more impressive past.’
Late 19th century: from Greek mulōn ‘mill’ + -ite.
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