The walls were smooth, marbled gneiss, carved over and over again with runes of protection, holiness, and defense.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
He felt along the vertical sides of the shaft with his hand, and some few minutes later, he would go on again in the following style: "This is gneiss.
Jules Verne -- A Journey to the Center of the Earth
Farther on, the path was divided by an altar—a pedestal of black gneiss, capped with a slab of white marble deftly foliated, and on that a brazier of bronze holding a fire.
Lew Wallace -- Ben Hur
I find I incorporate gneiss, coal, long-threaded moss, fruits, grains, esculent roots, And am stucco’d with quadrupeds and birds all over, And have distanced what is behind me for good reasons, But call any thing back again when I desire it.