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ophiolite

[of-ee-uh-lahyt, oh-fee-] /ˈɒf i əˌlaɪt, ˈoʊ fi-/
noun, Geology
1.
an assemblage of mafic igneous rocks representing remnants of former oceanic crust.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Greek óphi(s) snake + -o- + -lite; cf. ophite
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