batholith

[bath-uh-lith]
noun Geology.
a large body of intrusive igneous rock believed to have crystallized at a considerable depth below the earth's surface; pluton.

Origin:
1900–05; batho- + -lith

batholithic, adjective
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batholith or batholite (ˈbæθəlɪθ, ˈbæθəˌlaɪt)
 
n
a very large irregular-shaped mass of igneous rock, esp granite, formed from an intrusion of magma at great depth, esp one exposed after erosion of less resistant overlying rocks
 
batholite or batholite
 
n
 
batho'lithic or batholite
 
adj
 
batho'litic or batholite
 
adj

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batholith
1903, from Ger. (1892), coined by Ger. geologist Eduard Suess (18311914) from Gk. bathos "depth" + -lith, from lithos "stone."
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A large mass of igneous rock that has intruded and melted surrounding strata at great depths. Batholiths usually have a surface area of over 100 km2 (38 mi2).
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Also, pre-batholith metamorphic rocks are moderately extensive.
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