- (of a rock) having the principal constituents in the form of crystals visible to the naked eye.
Also phan·er·it·ic [fan-uh-rit-ik] /ˌfæn əˈrɪt ɪk/.
Origin of phanerocrystalline
1860–65; < Greek phaneró(s) visible, manifest + crystalline
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- (of igneous and metamorphic rocks) having a crystalline structure in which the crystals are large enough to be seen with the naked eye
C19: from Greek phaneros visible + crystalline
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