laccolith

[ lak-uh-lith ]
/ ˈlæk ə lɪθ /

noun Geology.

a mass of igneous rock formed from magma that did not find its way to the surface but spread laterally into a lenticular body, forcing overlying strata to bulge upward.
Also lac·co·lite [lak-uh-lahyt] /ˈlæk əˌlaɪt/.

Origin of laccolith

1875–80; < Greek lákko(s) pond + -lith

Related forms

lac·co·lith·ic, lac·co·lit·ic [lak-uh-lit-ik] /ˌlæk əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for laccolith

laccolith

laccolite (ˈlækəˌlaɪt)

/ (ˈlækəlɪθ) /

noun

a dome-shaped body of igneous rock between two layers of older sedimentary rock: formed by the intrusion of magma, forcing the overlying strata into the shape of a domeSee lopolith

Derived Forms

laccolithic or laccolitic (ˌlækəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for laccolith

C19: from Greek lakkos cistern + -lith
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Science definitions for laccolith

laccolith

[ lăkə-lĭth′ ]

A body of igneous rock intruded between layers of sedimentary rock, resulting in uplift. Laccoliths are usually plano-convex in cross-section, having a flat bottom and a convex top, and are roughly circular in plan. They are usually connected to a dike and are typically up to 8 km (5 mi) in diameter and tens to hundreds of meters thick. See illustration at batholith.
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