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granodiorite

/ (ˌɡrænəʊˈdaɪəˌraɪt) /
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noun
a coarse-grained acid igneous rock containing almost twice as much plagioclase as orthoclase: intermediate in composition between granite and diorite
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Word Origin for granodiorite

C19: from grano + diorite
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Scientific definitions for granodiorite

granodiorite
[ grăn′ə-dīə-rīt′ ]

A coarse-grained igneous rock consisting primarily of quartz, plagioclase, and potassium feldspar, and also containing biotite, hornblende, or pyroxene. It is the coarse-grained equivalent of dacite.
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