[ gran-yuh-lahyt ]

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

Origin of granulite

First recorded in 1840–50; granule + -ite1

Other words from granulite

  • gran·u·lit·ic [gran-yuh-lit-ik], /ˌgræn yəˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective

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How to use granulite in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for granulite


/ (ˈɡrænjʊˌlaɪt) /

  1. a granular foliated metamorphic rock in which the minerals form a mosaic of equal-sized granules

Derived forms of granulite

  • granulitic (ˌɡrænjʊˈlɪtɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for granulite


[ grănyə-līt′ ]

  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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