- a basaltic rock consisting essentially of pyroxene and plagioclase with nepheline or leucite.
Origin of tephrite
1875–80; < Greek tephr(ós) ash-colored + -ite1
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Teph′ritoid, a variety of tephrite; Tephi′roite, a reddish silicate of manganese.
Tephrite, tef′rīt, n. a name applied to certain modern volcanic rocks.
- a variety of basalt containing plagioclase, augite, and a feldspathoid, commonly nepheline, or leucite
Word Origin for tephrite
C17: from Greek tephros, from tephra ashes; see -ite 1
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