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granulite

[gran-yuh-lahyt] /ˈgræn yəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a metamorphic rock composed of granular minerals of uniform size, as quartz, feldspar, or pyroxene, and showing a definite banding.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; granule + -ite1
Related forms
granulitic
[gran-yuh-lit-ik] /ˌgræn yəˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for granulite
  • In addition, some metamorphosed plutonic rocks have been altered retrogressively to amphibolite and granulite facies.
  • Gneiss and granulite are the coarsest grained metamorphic rocks.
British Dictionary definitions for granulite

granulite

/ˈɡrænjʊˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a granular foliated metamorphic rock in which the minerals form a mosaic of equal-sized granules
Derived Forms
granulitic (ˌɡrænjʊˈlɪtɪk) adjective
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granulite
  (grān'yə-līt')   
A fine-grained metamorphic rock consisting of similarly sized, interlocking minerals. Unlike most metamorphic rocks, granulites do not exhibit foliation or textural or mineralogical layering.
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