- a fine-grained igneous rock having such compact texture that the constituent minerals cannot be detected with the naked eye.
Origin of aphanite
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- any fine-grained rock, such as a basalt, containing minerals that cannot be distinguished with the naked eye
C19: from Greek aphanēs invisible
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