dole rite


noun Petrology.
a coarse-grained variety of basalt.
any of various other igneous rocks, as diabase.
any basaltlike igneous rock whose composition can be determined only by microscopic examination.

1830–40; < French dolérite < Greek doler(ós) deceitful (derivative of dólos wile) + French -ite -ite1

doleritic [dol-uh-rit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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dolerite (ˈdɒləˌraɪt)
1.  a dark basic intrusive igneous rock consisting of plagioclase feldspar and a pyroxene, such as augite; often emplaced in dykes
2.  any dark igneous rock whose composition cannot be determined with the naked eye
[C19: from French dolérite, from Greek doleros deceitful; so called because of the difficulty of determining its composition]

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