pseudomorph

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pseudo- (false) +‎ -morph (form)

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pseudomorph (plural pseudomorphs)

  1. (geology, mineralogy) A mineral that formed by replacement of an existing mineral (or organic matter) such that the new mineral has the appearance and dimensions of the original.
    Petrified wood is a silicic pseudomorph of the original wood.

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