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felsic

[fel-sik] /ˈfɛl sɪk/
adjective, Geology
1.
(of rocks) consisting chiefly of feldspars, feldspathoids, quartz, and other light-colored minerals.
Compare mafic.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; fel(dspar) + s(ilica) + -ic
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  • The interior of a flow cools slower, so the light-colored felsic minerals are also able to crystallize.
  • The chemical composition of igneous rock can be broken into four main types: felsic, intermediate, mafic and ultramafic.
Word Origin and History for felsic
adj.

1912, from feldspar + silica + -ic.

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felsic
  (fěl'sĭk)   
Relating to an igneous rock that contains a group of light-colored silicate minerals, including feldspar, feldspathoid, quartz, and muscovite. Compare mafic.
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