melaphyre

[ mel-uh-fahyuh r ]
/ ˈmɛl əˌfaɪər /
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noun Petrology.

a type of dark igneous rock embedded with feldspar crystals, related to basalt.

Nearby words

  1. melanotroph,
  2. melanotropin,
  3. melanous,
  4. melanuria,
  5. melanuric,
  6. melasma,
  7. melasma universale,
  8. melatonin,
  9. melaxuma,
  10. melba

Related formsmel·a·phyr·ic [mel-uh-fir-ik] /ˌmɛl əˈfɪr ɪk/, adjective

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melaphyre

/ (ˈmɛləˌfaɪə) /

noun

geology obsolete a type of weathered amygdaloidal basalt or andesite

Word Origin for melaphyre

C19: via French from Greek melas black + (por) phura purple

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