[ maf-ik ]
/ ˈmæf ɪk /

adjective Geology.

of or relating to rocks rich in dark, ferromagnesian minerals.Compare basic(def 4), ultramafic.

Origin of mafic

1910–15; ma(gnesium) + Latin f(errum) iron + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for mafic


[ măfĭk ]

Relating to an igneous rock that contains a group of dark-colored minerals, composed chiefly of magnesium and iron. Compare felsic.

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