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pegmatite

[peg-muh-tahyt]
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noun Petrology.
  1. a coarsely crystalline granite or other high-silica rock occurring in veins or dikes.
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Origin of pegmatite

1825–35; < Greek pēgmat- (stem of pêgma) anything fastened together, a bond (compare pēgnýein to stick) + -ite1
Related formspeg·ma·tit·ic [peg-muh-tit-ik] /ˌpɛg məˈtɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The specimen was taken from a pegmatite dike at its contact with an amphibolite.

    The Long Labrador Trail

    Dillon Wallace

  • In North Carolina sapphire has been found in pegmatite dikes.

  • Pebbles and blocks of Pegmatite covered the bed of the creek.

  • The deep-zone minerals are not unlike the pegmatite minerals in their grouping and associations.

  • The zirconium silicate, zircon, is a fairly common accessory constituent of granitic rocks and pegmatite veins.


British Dictionary definitions for pegmatite

pegmatite

noun
  1. any of a class of exceptionally coarse-grained intrusive igneous rocks consisting chiefly of quartz and feldspar: often occurring as dykes among igneous rocks of finer grain
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Derived Formspegmatitic (ˌpɛɡməˈtɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek pegma something joined together
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pegmatite in Science

pegmatite

[pĕgmə-tīt′]
  1. Any of various coarse-grained igneous rocks that often occur as wide veins cutting across other types of rock. Pegmatites form from water-rich magmas or lavas that cool slowly, allowing the crystals to grow to large sizes. Although pegmatites can be compositionally similar to a number of rocks, they most often have the composition of granite.
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