noun, plural gabbros. Petrology.
a dark granular igneous rock composed essentially of labradorite and augite.

< Italian; akin to Latin glaber smooth

gabbroic [guh-broh-ik] , gabbroitic, adjective
gabbroid [gab-roid] , adjective Unabridged
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gabbro (ˈɡæbrəʊ)
n , pl -bros
a dark coarse-grained basic plutonic igneous rock consisting of plagioclase feldspar, pyroxene, and often olivine
[C19: from Italian, probably from Latin glaber smooth, bald]

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Word Origin & History

"type of igneous rock," 1837, from It. (Tuscan), from L. glaber "bare, smooth, bald."
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gabbro   (gāb'rō)  Pronunciation Key 
A usually dark, coarse-grained igneous rock composed mostly of plagioclase feldspar and clinopyroxene, and sometimes olivine. Gabbro is the coarse-grained equivalent of basalt.
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Example sentences
Hornblende gabbro locally intrudes and is mapped with the diorite.
Trees grow only on the gabbro and the contact between the two rocks can be detected by the tree line.
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