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plutonism

[ploot-n-iz-uh m] /ˈplut nˌɪz əm/
noun, Geology
1.
the intrusion of magma and associated deep-seated processes within the earth's crust.
2.
(often initial capital letter) the disproven theory that all rocks formed by solidification of a molten mass, promulgated by Scottish geologist James Hutton (1726–97).
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; pluton(ic) + -ism
Related forms
plutonist, noun
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