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spherulite

[sfer-oo-lahyt, -yoo-, sfeer-] /ˈsfɛr ʊˌlaɪt, -yʊ-, ˈsfɪər-/
noun, Petrology.
1.
a rounded aggregate of radiating crystals found in obsidian and other glassy igneous rocks.
Origin of spherulite
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; spherule + -ite1
Related forms
spherulitic
[sfer-oo-lit-ik, -yoo-, sfeer-] /ˌsfɛr ʊˈlɪt ɪk, -yʊ-, ˌsfɪər-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spherulite

spherulite

/ˈsfɛrʊˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
any of several spherical masses of radiating needle-like crystals of one or more minerals occurring in rocks such as obsidian
Derived Forms
spherulitic (ˌsfɛrʊˈlɪtɪk) adjective
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