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ultrabasic

[ uhl-truh-bey-sik ]
/ ˌʌl trəˈbeɪ sɪk /
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adjective

(of rocks) containing iron and magnesium, with little or no silica.

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Also ultramafic.

Origin of ultrabasic

First recorded in 1890–95; ultra- + basic
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British Dictionary definitions for ultrabasic

ultrabasic
/ (ˌʌltrəˈbeɪsɪk) /

adjective

(of such igneous rocks as peridotite) containing less than 45 per cent silica
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Scientific definitions for ultrabasic

ultrabasic
[ ŭl′trə-bāsĭk ]

Containing magnesium and iron and only a very small amount of silica. Used of igneous rock, and often used interchangeably with ultramafic. Peridotite is an ultrabasic rock.
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