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rhyolite

[ rahy-uh-lahyt ]
/ ˈraɪ əˌlaɪt /
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noun
a fine-grained igneous rock rich in silica: the volcanic equivalent of granite.
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Origin of rhyolite

1865–70; rhyo- (irregular <Greek rhýax stream of lava) + -lite

OTHER WORDS FROM rhyolite

rhy·o·lit·ic [rahy-uh-lit-ik], /ˌraɪ əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rhyolite

rhyolite
/ (ˈraɪəˌlaɪt) /

noun
a fine-grained igneous rock consisting of quartz, feldspars, and mica or amphibole. It is the volcanic equivalent of granite

Derived forms of rhyolite

rhyolitic (ˌraɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for rhyolite

C19: rhyo- from Greek rhuax a stream of lava + lite
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Scientific definitions for rhyolite

rhyolite
[ rīə-līt′ ]

A usually light-colored, fine-grained extrusive igneous rock that is compositionally similar to granite. It often includes flow lines formed during the extrusion.
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