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ophiolite

[ of-ee-uh-lahyt, oh-fee- ]
/ ˈɒf i əˌlaɪt, ˈoʊ fi- /
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noun Geology.

an assemblage of mafic igneous rocks representing remnants of former oceanic crust.

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Origin of ophiolite

1840–50; <Greek óphi(s) snake + -o- + -lite; cf. ophite
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