noun, plural por·phy·ries.
Definition for porphyry (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for porphyry
The well-rounded pebbles of porphyry were mingled with many immense angular fragments of basalt and of primary rocks.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World|Charles Darwin
Some of the porphyry columns now in Santa Sophia at Constantinople are said to have been taken from it.Archology and the Bible|George A. Barton
Seven specimens were of basalt and one each of chert and porphyry.The Topanga Culture Final Report on Excavations, 1948|A. E. Treganza
Behind the altar is a mosaic screen, with panels of porphyry and serpentine, and an ancient episcopal throne.Walks in Rome|Augustus J.C. Hare
Among his disciples the most important were Amelius and Porphyry.History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)|Adolph Harnack
British Dictionary definitions for porphyry (1 of 2)
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for porphyry
British Dictionary definitions for porphyry (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for porphyry
type of ornamental stone, late 14c., porfurie, from Old French porfire, from Italian porfiro and in some cases directly from Latin porphyrites, a purple semi-precious stone quarried near the Red Sea in Egypt, from Greek porphyrites (lithos) "the purple (stone)," from porphyra (n.) "purple, purple dye" (see purple). Spelling Latinized mid-15c. Now used generally for a type of igneous rock without regard to color. Porphyrios was an ancient proper name.