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tephrite

[ tef-rahyt ]
/ ˈtɛf raɪt /
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noun Petrography.
a basaltic rock consisting essentially of pyroxene and plagioclase with nepheline or leucite.
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Origin of tephrite

1875–80; <Greek tephr(ós) ash-colored + -ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM tephrite

teph·rit·ic [tef-rit-ik], /tɛfˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tephrite

tephrite
/ (ˈtɛfraɪt) /

noun
a variety of basalt containing plagioclase, augite, and a feldspathoid, commonly nepheline, or leucite

Derived forms of tephrite

tephritic (tɪˈfrɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for tephrite

C17: from Greek tephros, from tephra ashes; see -ite 1
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