Metamorphic
Metamorphic Met`a*mor"phic, a. [See {Metamorphosis}.] 1. Subject to change; changeable; variable. [1913 Webster]

2. Causing a change of structure. [1913 Webster]

3. (Geol.) Pertaining to, produced by, or exhibiting, certain changes which minerals or rocks may have undergone since their original deposition; -- especially applied to the recrystallization which sedimentary rocks have undergone through the influence of heat and pressure, after which they are called metamorphic rocks. [1913 Webster]


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