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ophiolite

[ of-ee-uh-lahyt, oh-fee- ]

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of ophiolite1

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

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