[mel-uh-fahyuh r]

noun Petrology.

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

Related formsmel·a·phyr·ic [mel-uh-fir-ik] /ˌmɛl əˈfɪr ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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