Origin of rhyolite

1865–70; rhyo- (irregular < Greek rhýax stream of lava) + -lite
Related formsrhy·o·lit·ic [rahy-uh-lit-ik] /ˌraɪ əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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  1. a fine-grained igneous rock consisting of quartz, feldspars, and mica or amphibole. It is the volcanic equivalent of granite
Derived Formsrhyolitic (ˌraɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for rhyolite

C19: rhyo- from Greek rhuax a stream of lava + lite
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rhyolite in Science


  1. 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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