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-porphyry (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-porphyry (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

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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