felsic

[ fel-sik ]
/ ˈfɛl sɪk /

adjective Geology.

(of rocks) consisting chiefly of feldspars, feldspathoids, quartz, and other light-colored minerals.

Nearby words

  1. felonious,
  2. feloniously,
  3. felonry,
  4. felony,
  5. felony murder,
  6. felsite,
  7. felsitic,
  8. felspar,
  9. felspathic,
  10. felt

Compare mafic.

Origin of felsic

First recorded in 1910–15; fel(dspar) + s(ilica) + -ic

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Word Origin and History for felsic

felsic

adj.

1912, from feldspar + silica + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for felsic

felsic

[ fĕlsĭk ]

Relating to an igneous rock that contains a group of light-colored silicate minerals, including feldspar, feldspathoid, quartz, and muscovite. Compare mafic.
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