• synonyms


noun Geology.
  1. a large body of intrusive igneous rock believed to have crystallized at a considerable depth below the earth's surface; pluton.
Show More

Origin of batholith

First recorded in 1900–05; batho- + -lith
Related formsbath·o·lith·ic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for batholith

Historical Examples

  • Upon the southwestern border of the batholith the number of aplitic dikes greatly increases.

    The Andes of Southern Peru

    Isaiah Bowman

British Dictionary definitions for batholith


batholite (ˈbæθəˌlaɪt)

  1. a very large irregular-shaped mass of igneous rock, esp granite, formed from an intrusion of magma at great depth, esp one exposed after erosion of less resistant overlying rocks
Show More
Derived Formsbatholithic or batholitic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for batholith


1903, from German batholith (1892), coined by German geologist Eduard Suess (1831-1914) from Greek bathos "depth" (see benthos) + -lith "stone."

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

batholith in Science


  1. A large mass of igneous rock that has intruded and melted surrounding strata at great depths. Batholiths usually have a surface area of over 100 km2 (38 mi2).
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.