[ bath-uh-lith ]
/ ˈbæθ ə lɪθ /
a large body of intrusive igneous rock believed to have crystallized at a considerable depth below the earth's surface; pluton.
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OTHER WORDS FROM batholithbath·o·lith·ic, adjective
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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
/ (ˈbæθəlɪθ) /
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
Derived forms of batholithbatholithic or batholitic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for batholith
[ băth′ə-lĭth′ ]
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).
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