basanite

[bas-uh-nahyt, baz-]
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Origin of basanite

1745–55; < Latin basanītēs; see basalt
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basanite

noun
  1. a black basaltic rock containing plagioclase, augite, olivine, and nepheline, leucite, or analcite, formerly used as a touchstone

Word Origin for basanite

C18: see basalt
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