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ophite

[of-ahyt, oh-fahyt] /ˈɒf aɪt, ˈoʊ faɪt/
noun, Petrology
1.
a diabase in which elongate crystals of plagioclase are embedded in pyroxene.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English ophites < Latin ophītēs serpentine stone < Greek ophī́tēs (líthos) serpentine (stone), equivalent to óph(is) serpent + -ī́tēs -ite1
Related forms
ophitic
[oh-fit-ik] /oʊˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ophitic

ophitic

/əʊˈfɪtɪk/
adjective
1.
(of the texture of rocks such as dolerite) having small elongated unorientated feldspar crystals enclosed within pyroxene grains

ophite

/ˈəʊfaɪt/
noun
1.
any of several greenish mottled rocks with ophitic texture, such as dolerite and diabase
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ophītēs, from Greek, from ophis snake: because the mottled appearance resembles the markings of a snake
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