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porphyroid

[pawr-fuh-roid] /ˈpɔr fəˌrɔɪd/
noun
1.
a rock resembling porphyry.
2.
a sedimentary rock that has been metamorphosed so as to leave some original crystals in a fine-textured, layered matrix.
Origin of porphyroid
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; porphyr(y) + -oid
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  • Pumice and trachyte are the most common rocks around this mountain, and these are augitic or porphyroid.

British Dictionary definitions for porphyroid

porphyroid

/ˈpɔːfɪˌrɔɪd/
adjective
1.
(of metamorphic rocks) having a texture characterized by large crystals set in a finer groundmass
noun
2.
a metamorphic rock having this texture
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