melaphyre

melaphyre

[mel-uh-fahyuhr]
noun Petrology.
a type of dark igneous rock embedded with feldspar crystals, related to basalt.

melaphyric [mel-uh-fir-ik] , adjective
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melaphyre (ˈmɛləˌfaɪə)
 
n
obsolete geology a type of weathered amygdaloidal basalt or andesite
 
[C19: via French from Greek melas black + (por)phura purple]

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