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[vair-ee-uh-lahyt var-]
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noun Petrology.
  1. a rock embedded with varioles; a variolitic rock.
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British Dictionary definitions for variolite


  1. any basic igneous rock containing rounded bodies (varioles) consisting of radiating crystal fibres
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Derived Formsvariolitic (ˌvɛərɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from variola, referring to the pockmarked appearance of the rock
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