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[mel-uh-fahyuh r]
noun Petrology.
  1. a type of dark igneous rock embedded with feldspar crystals, related to basalt.
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Related formsmel·a·phyr·ic [mel-uh-fir-ik] /ˌmɛl əˈfɪr ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • In China, at the close of the period, there were enormous eruptions of melaphyre, porphyrite and quartz-porphyry.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3


  • Melaphyre is a name given to the very dark varieties of altered augitic lavas, rich in magnetite and chlorite.

  • The rocks consist chiefly of basalt, dolerite, melaphyre and felstone.

British Dictionary definitions for melaphyre


  1. geology obsolete a type of weathered amygdaloidal basalt or andesite
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Word Origin

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