basanite

[ bas-uh-nahyt, baz- ]
/ ˈbæs əˌnaɪt, ˈbæz- /

noun Petrography.

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

Nearby words

  1. basal-cell nevus syndrome,
  2. basally,
  3. basalt,
  4. basaltes,
  5. basaltware,
  6. bascinet,
  7. bascule,
  8. base,
  9. base box,
  10. base bullion

Origin of basanite

1745–55; < Latin basanītēs; see basalt

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British Dictionary definitions for basanite

basanite

/ (ˈbæsəˌnaɪt) /

noun

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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