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[ploo-ton] /ˈplu tɒn/
noun, Geology
any body of igneous rock that solidified far below the earth's surface.
Origin of pluton
1935-40; < German Pluton, back formation from plutonisch plutonic Unabridged
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any mass of igneous rock that has solidified below the surface of the earth
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C20: back formation from plutonic
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pluton in Science
A large body of igneous rock formed when a plume of magma cools and solidifies underground. Although most plutons are deep within the Earth's crust, some become exposed at the surface due to plate-tectonic processes.
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