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[bas-uh-nahyt, baz-]
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noun Petrography.
  1. a basaltic rock composed chiefly of plagioclase, olivine, and augite.
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Origin of basanite

1745–55; < Latin basanītēs; see basalt
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  • Or is he a kind of basanite for bunches, and do they come out on us at the sight of him?

    Friendship Village

    Zona Gale

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for basanite


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

C18: see basalt
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