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phanerocrystalline

[ fan-uh-roh-kris-tl-in, -ahyn ]
/ ˌfæn ə roʊˈkrɪs tl ɪn, -ˌaɪn /
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adjective Petrography.
(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

Words nearby phanerocrystalline

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British Dictionary definitions for phanerocrystalline

phanerocrystalline
/ (ˌfænərəʊˈkrɪstəlɪn, -ˌlaɪn) /

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

Word Origin for phanerocrystalline

C19: from Greek phaneros visible + crystalline
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