Origin of lopolith

1915–20; < Greek lop(ós) shell, husk + -o- -o- + -lith
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British Dictionary definitions for lopolith


  1. a saucer- or lens-shaped body of intrusive igneous rock, formed by the penetration of magma between the beds or layers of existing rock and subsequent subsidence beneath the intrusionCompare laccolith

Word Origin for lopolith

C20: from Greek lopas dish + -lith
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lopolith in Science


  1. A large, bowl-shaped body of igneous rock intruded between layers of sedimentary rock. Lopoliths are usually connected to a dike and are typically tens of kilometers thick and hundreds of kilometers wide.
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