designating or of a rock, esp. a metamorphic rock, that was formed, bent, broken, etc. by extreme mechanical pressure
Origin of cataclasticfrom Classical Greek kataklastos, broken down from kataklan, to snap off: see cata- and clastic
Of or relating to rocks consisting of cemented fragments that originate from the mechanical breakdown of rocks associated with plate tectonic processes.
Origin of cataclasticFrom Norwegian kataklas- ( in kataklasstruktur structure formed by crushing ) (Greek kata- cata- ) (Greek klastos broken ; see clast . ) ( Norwegian struktur structure ) -ic