petrography

[ pi-trog-ruh-fee ]
/ pɪˈtrɒg rə fi /
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noun

the branch of petrology dealing with the description and classification of rocks, especially by microscopic examination.

Nearby words

  1. petroglyph,
  2. petrograd,
  3. petrogram,
  4. petrograph,
  5. petrographic,
  6. petrol,
  7. petrol bomb,
  8. petrol engine,
  9. petrol pump,
  10. petrol station

Origin of petrography

From the New Latin word petrographia, dating back to 1645–55. See petro-1, -graphy

Related formspe·trog·ra·pher, nounpet·ro·graph·ic [pe-truh-graf-ik] /ˌpɛ trəˈgræf ɪk/, pet·ro·graph·i·cal, adjectivepet·ro·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for petrography

petrography

/ (pɛˈtrɒɡrəfɪ) /

noun

the branch of petrology concerned with the description and classification of rocksAbbreviation: petrog
Derived Formspetrographer, nounpetrographic (ˌpɛtrəˈɡræfɪk) or petrographical, adjectivepetrographically, adverb

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Science definitions for petrography

petrography

[ pə-trŏgrə-fē ]

The description and classification of rocks, especially by means of microscopic analysis.
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