mylonite

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From Ancient Greek μυλών (mulṓn, mill) +‎ -ite.

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mylonite (plural mylonites)

  1. (geology) Any rock that has undergone modifications due to dynamic recrystallization following plastic flow; a schist created by crushed or ground rock.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 87:
      Towards the end of the nineteenth century the crush rock known as mylonite had been recognised, a rocky paste that was ground when one mighty rock mass was pushed bodily – or thrust – over another.