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[ik-stroo-siv, -ziv]
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  1. tending to extrude.
  2. pertaining to extrusion.
  3. 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.
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Origin of extrusive

First recorded in 1810–20; extrus(ion) + -ive
Related formsnon·ex·tru·sive, adjective
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  • Deposits formed at shallow depths are related to extrusive rocks and to intrusives near the surface.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

British Dictionary definitions for extrusive


  1. tending to extrude
  2. (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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