pluton

[ploo-ton]
noun Geology.
any body of igneous rock that solidified far below the earth's surface.

Origin:
1935–40; < German Pluton, back formation from plutonisch plutonic

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pluton (ˈpluːtɒn)
 
n
any mass of igneous rock that has solidified below the surface of the earth
 
[C20: back formation from plutonic]

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pluton   (pl'tŏn')  Pronunciation Key 
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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Only the northern half of this pluton is located in the quadrangle.
Some rock of this pluton was quarried for building stone.
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