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[fan-uh-roh-kris-tl-in, -ahyn]
adjective Petrography.
  1. (of a rock) having the principal constituents in the form of crystals visible to the naked eye.
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Also phan·er·it·ic [fan-uh-rit-ik] /ˌfæn əˈrɪt ɪk/.

Origin of phanerocrystalline

1860–65; < Greek phaneró(s) visible, manifest + crystalline
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British Dictionary definitions for phanerocrystalline


  1. (of igneous and metamorphic rocks) having a crystalline structure in which the crystals are large enough to be seen with the naked eye
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek phaneros visible + crystalline
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