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basanite

[ bas-uh-nahyt, baz- ]

noun

, Petrography.
  1. a basaltic rock composed chiefly of plagioclase, olivine, and augite.


basanite

/ ˈbæsəˌnaɪt /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of basanite1

1745–55; < Latin basanītēs; basalt
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Word History and Origins

Origin of basanite1

C18: see basalt
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Example Sentences

The flows from Kibo include nepheline and leucite basanite lavas rich in soda felspars.

Basanite is also known as Lydian stone or touchstone on account of its use for trying the purity of metals.

Basanite, bas′an-īt, n. a kind of quartz serviceable for testing the purity of the precious metals by the marks made.

Or is he a kind of basanite for bunches, and do they come out on us at the sight of him?

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