[ gab-roh ]
/ ˈgæb roʊ /

noun, plural gab·bros. Petrology.

a dark granular igneous rock composed essentially of labradorite and augite.

Origin of gabbro

< Italian; akin to Latin glaber smooth
Related formsgab·bro·ic [guh-broh-ik] /gəˈbroʊ ɪk/, gab·bro·it·ic, adjectivegab·broid [gab-roid] /ˈgæb rɔɪd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gabbro


/ (ˈɡæbrəʊ) /

noun plural -bros

a dark coarse-grained basic plutonic igneous rock consisting of plagioclase feldspar, pyroxene, and often olivine
Derived Formsgabbroic or gabbroitic, adjective

Word Origin for gabbro

C19: from Italian, probably from Latin glaber smooth, bald
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Word Origin and History for gabbro



type of igneous rock, 1837, from Italian (Tuscan) gabbro, from Latin glaber "bare, smooth, bald" (see glad).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for gabbro


[ găbrō ]

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.
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