[ mon-zuh-nahyt ]
/ ˈmɒn zəˌnaɪt /
any of a group of granular igneous rocks having approximately equal amounts of orthoclase and plagioclase feldspar, intermediate in composition between syenite and diorite.
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Origin of monzonite
1880–85; <German Monzonit, named after Monzoni, mountain in Tyrol; see -ite1
OTHER WORDS FROM monzonitemon·zo·nit·ic [mon-zuh-nit-ik], /ˌmɒn zəˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby monzonite
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British Dictionary definitions for monzonite
/ (ˈmɒnzəˌnaɪt) /
a coarse-grained plutonic igneous rock consisting of equal amounts of plagioclase and orthoclase feldspar, with ferromagnesian minerals
Derived forms of monzonitemonzonitic (ˌmɒnzəˈnɪtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for monzonite
C19: from German, named after Monzoni, Tyrolean mountain where it was found
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Scientific definitions for monzonite
[ mŏn-zō′nīt′, mŏn′zə-nīt′ ]
An igneous rock composed chiefly of plagioclase and orthoclase, with small amounts of amphibole, pyroxene, and biotite. Monzonite contains little or no quartz.
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