[ af-uh-nahyt ]
/ ˈæf əˌnaɪt /
a fine-grained igneous rock having such compact texture that the constituent minerals cannot be detected with the naked eye.
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Origin of aphanite
OTHER WORDS FROM aphaniteaph·a·nit·ic [af-uh-nit-ik] /ˌæf əˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aphanite
/ (ˈæfəˌnaɪt) /
any fine-grained rock, such as a basalt, containing minerals that cannot be distinguished with the naked eye
Word Origin for aphanite
C19: from Greek aphanēs invisible
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