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noun Petrography.
  1. a hydrothermally altered andesite or allied rock containing secondary minerals, as calcite, chlorite, serpentine, or epidote.
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Origin of propylite

First recorded in 1867; propyl + -ite1
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Historical Examples

  • These consisted of rocks moderately rich in silica, and are grouped under the heads of propylite and andesite.

    Volcanoes: Past and Present

    Edward Hull

British Dictionary definitions for propylite


  1. geology an altered andesite or similar rock containing calcite, chlorite, etc, produced by the action of hot water
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Word Origin

C20: from propylon (see propylaeum) + -ite 1; so named because it is associated with the start of the Tertiary volcanic era
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