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  1. a metamorphic rock composed of granular minerals of uniform size, as quartz, feldspar, or pyroxene, and showing a definite banding.
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Origin of granulite

First recorded in 1840–50; granule + -ite1
Related formsgran·u·lit·ic [gran-yuh-lit-ik] /ˌgræn yəˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for granulite

Historical Examples of granulite

  • The more micaceous varieties form transitions to granulite and gneiss.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7


British Dictionary definitions for granulite


  1. a granular foliated metamorphic rock in which the minerals form a mosaic of equal-sized granules
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Derived Formsgranulitic (ˌɡrænjʊˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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granulite in Science


  1. A fine-grained metamorphic rock consisting of similarly sized, interlocking minerals. Unlike most metamorphic rocks, granulites do not exhibit foliation or textural or mineralogical layering.
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