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hypabyssal

[ hip-uh-bis-uhl, hahy-puh- ]
/ ˌhɪp əˈbɪs əl, ˌhaɪ pə- /
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adjective Geology.
(of an igneous rock) intermediate in texture between coarse-grained intrusive rocks and fine-grained extrusive rocks.
noting any of various minor intrusions, as dikes and sills, that have crystallized under conditions intermediate between plutonic and extrusive.
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Origin of hypabyssal

First recorded in 1890–95; hyp- + abyssal
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British Dictionary definitions for hypabyssal

hypabyssal
/ (ˌhɪpəˈbɪsəl) /

adjective
(of igneous rocks) derived from magma that has solidified at shallow depth in the form of dykes, sills, etc

Word Origin for hypabyssal

C19: from hyp- + -abyssal
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