- a dark granular igneous rock composed essentially of labradorite and augite.
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Anorthite is an essential constituent of many basic igneous rocks, such as gabbro and basalt, also of some meteoric stones.
A soil of very close texture, the gabbro, is found, most largely in the north-east.
Still more common is the occurrence of sheared, foliated or schistose forms of gabbro.
Rocks of the gabbro group, though perhaps not so common nor occurring in so great masses as granites, are exceedingly widespread.
Gabbro, gab′ro, n. a rock composed of feldspar and diallage—also Euphotide.
- a dark coarse-grained basic plutonic igneous rock consisting of plagioclase feldspar, pyroxene, and often olivine
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type of igneous rock, 1837, from Italian (Tuscan) gabbro, from Latin glaber "bare, smooth, bald" (see glad).
- A usually dark, coarse-grained igneous rock composed mostly of plagioclase feldspar and clinopyroxene, and sometimes olivine. Gabbro is the coarse-grained equivalent of basalt.