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Origin of plutonic

1790–1800; < Latin Plūtōn- (stem of Plūtō Pluto < Greek Ploútōn) + -ic; orig. referring to the Plutonic theory (see plutonism) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for plutonic

infernal, abyssal, cimmerian, igneous

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British Dictionary definitions for plutonic


  1. (of igneous rocks) derived from magma that has cooled and solidified below the surface of the earthAlso: abyssal

Word Origin for plutonic

C20: named after Pluto 1
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Word Origin and History for plutonic

"pertaining to or involving intense heat deep in the earth's crust," 1796, coined by Irish scientist Richard Kirwin (1733-1812) from comb. form of Pluto (as god of the underworld) + -ic. Especially in reference to early 19c. geological theory (championed by Hutton) that attributed most of the earth's features to action of internal heat, a theory which triumphed over its rival, neptunism, which attributed them to water. Related: Plutonism; Plutonist.

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