xenomorphic


xenomorphic
\\| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|mȯrfik\ adjective
Etymology: xen- + -morphic

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xenomorphically, adv.
/zen'euh mawr"fik, zee'neuh-/, adj.
1. Also, allotriomorphic. Petrog. noting or pertaining to a mineral grain that does not have its characteristic crystalline form but has a form impressed on it by surrounding grains; anhedral.
2. in an unusual form; having a strange form.
[1885-90; XENO- + -MORPHIC]

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xenomorphic /-mörˈfik/ adjective (Gr morphē form; geology)
A textural term applied to rock minerals which do not show their own characteristic shapes
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Main Entry:xeno-

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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