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lamprophyre

[ lam-pruh-fahyuhr ]
/ ˈlæm prəˌfaɪər /
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noun Petrology.
any dark intrusive rock in which dark minerals occur both as phenocrysts and as groundmass.
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Origin of lamprophyre

1885–90; lampro- (<Greek lamprós clear) + -phyre

OTHER WORDS FROM lamprophyre

lam·pro·phyr·ic [lam-pruh-fir-ik], /ˌlæm prəˈfɪr ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lamprophyre

lamprophyre
/ (ˈlæmprəˌfaɪə) /

noun
any of a group of basic igneous rocks consisting of feldspathoids and ferromagnesian minerals, esp biotite: occurring as dykes and minor intrusions

Word Origin for lamprophyre

C19: from Greek lampros bright + -phyre, from porphyry
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Scientific definitions for lamprophyre

lamprophyre
[ lămprə-fīr′ ]

A dark igneous rock, having a porphyritic texture in which both the phenocrysts (larger crystals) and the matrix consist primarily of pyroxene, hornblende, and biotite.
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