from The Century Dictionary.
- Having the qualities of, resembling, or exhibiting the texture or structure of gneiss.
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- adjective Having the structure of gneiss.
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- adjective geology Having properties similar to
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The next stage in the ascent is marked by an intermittent line of mountains -- gneissose or schistose -- running generally north-north-west, sometimes in parallel chains, and representing the primitive axis of the continent.
East of the São Francisco it may be divided into three distinct regions: a rough limestone plateau rising gradually to the culminating ridges of the Serra da Chapada; a gneissose plateau showing extensive exposures of bare rock dipping slightly toward the coast; and a narrower plateau covered with a compact sandy soil descending to the coastal plain.
Presently the ground becomes rougher, and the track winds among and under a succession of abrupt kopjes (pronounced "koppies"), mostly of granitic or gneissose rock.
They remind one, in their generally grey hue and the extreme boldness of their lines, of some of the gneissose pinnacles of Norway, such as those above Naerodal, on the
In these granitic, gneissose, and quartzose formations topazes, amethysts and sapphires, garnets and rubies, will probably occur, as in the similar rocks of the great Brazilian mining-grounds.