- a black, glassy form of basalt, readily fusible and of a high luster.
Origin of tachylyte
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- a black basaltic glass often found on the edges of intrusions of basalt
C19: from German Tachylit, from tachy- + Greek lutos soluble, melting, from luein to release; so called because it fuses easily when heated. The form tachylite is influenced by -lite stone
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