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ophite

[ of-ahyt, oh-fahyt ]
/ ˈɒf aɪt, ˈoʊ faɪt /
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noun Petrology.

a diabase in which elongate crystals of plagioclase are embedded in pyroxene.

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Origin of ophite

1350–1400; Middle English ophites<Latin ophītēs serpentine stone <Greek ophī́tēs (líthos) serpentine (stone), equivalent to óph(is) serpent + -ī́tēs-ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM ophite

o·phit·ic [oh-fit-ik], /oʊˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ophite

ophite
/ (ˈəʊfaɪt) /

noun

any of several greenish mottled rocks with ophitic texture, such as dolerite and diabase

Word Origin for ophite

C17: from Latin ophītēs, from Greek, from ophis snake: because the mottled appearance resembles the markings of a snake
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