noun Petrography.

a fine-grained igneous rock having such compact texture that the constituent minerals cannot be detected with the naked eye.

Origin of aphanite

1860–65; < Greek aphan(ḗs) unseen, hidden, invisible (a- a-6 + phanēs, adj. derivative of phaínein to bring to light, disclose) + -ite1
Related formsaph·a·nit·ic [af-uh-nit-ik] /ˌæf əˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aphanite



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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