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felsic

[ fel-sik ]
/ ˈfɛl sɪk /
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adjective Geology.
(of rocks) consisting chiefly of feldspars, feldspathoids, quartz, and other light-colored minerals.

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Origin of felsic

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