Amazing Adjectives, Number Thirty-Eight!

Here is a word from the English xeno-, a combining form meaning “alien, strange”; from the Greek xenos, a combining form meaning “a stranger, guest, alien, foreigner.”  The word is completed by the English -morphic, from -morphous, a combining form meaning “having the shape or form of.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“It was not until the very end of the expedition that they came upon strata yielding the predicted xenomorphic rock specimens.”

xenomorphic

\ zen-uhmawr-fik, zee-nuh-k \, adjective;

1.  Also, allotriomorphic. Petrography. noting or pertaining to a mineral grain that does  not have its characteristic crystalline form but has form impressed on it by   surrounding grains; anhedral.
2.  in an unusual form; having a strange form.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com.

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