[ik-stroo-siv, -ziv]


tending to extrude.
pertaining to extrusion.
Also effusive. Geology. noting or pertaining to a class of igneous rocks that have been forced out in a molten or plastic condition upon the surface of the earth.

Origin of extrusive

First recorded in 1810–20; extrus(ion) + -ive
Related formsnon·ex·tru·sive, adjective
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tending to extrude
(of igneous rocks) formed from magma issuing from volcanoes or cracks in the earth's crust; volcanicCompare intrusive (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for extrusive

1816, from Latin extrusus, past participle of extrudere (see extrusion) + -ive. Related: Extrusively.

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