Porphyry

[ pawr-fuh-ree ]
/ ˈpɔr fə ri /

noun

Malchus, a.d. c233–c304, Greek philosopher.

Related forms

Por·phyr·e·an [pawr-feer-ee-uh n] /pɔrˈfɪər i ən/, adjectivePor·phyr·i·an, adjective, nounPor·phyr·i·an·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for malchus (1 of 2)

porphyry

/ (ˈpɔːfɪrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

any igneous rock with large crystals embedded in a finer groundmass of minerals
obsolete a reddish-purple rock consisting of large crystals of feldspar in a finer groundmass of feldspar, hornblende, etc

Word Origin for porphyry

C14 porfurie, from Late Latin porphyrītēs, from Greek porphuritēs (lithos) purple (stone), from porphuros purple

British Dictionary definitions for malchus (2 of 2)

Porphyry

/ (ˈpɔːfɪrɪ) /

noun

original name Malchus. 232–305 ad, Greek Neo-Platonist philosopher, born in Syria; disciple and biographer of Plotinus
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Science definitions for malchus

porphyry

[ pôrfə-rē ]

An igneous rock containing the large crystals known as phenocrysts embedded in a fine-grained matrix.

Related forms

porphyritic adjective (pôr′fə-rĭtĭk)
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