follow Dictionary.com

"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults

tachylyte

[tak-uh-lahyt] /ˈtæk əˌlaɪt/
noun, Petrography
1.
a black, glassy form of basalt, readily fusible and of a high luster.
Also, tachylite.
Origin of tachylyte
1865-1870
1865-70; tachy- + -lyte2
Related forms
tachylitic
[tak-uh-lit-ik] /ˌtæk əˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for tachylyte
  • Maybe they sought tachylyte, a dense form of basalt used for arrow points and stone tools.
British Dictionary definitions for tachylyte

tachylyte

/ˈtækɪˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a black basaltic glass often found on the edges of intrusions of basalt
Derived Forms
tachylytic (ˌtækɪˈlɪtɪk), tachylitic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from German Tachylit, from tachy- + Greek lutos soluble, melting, from luein to release; so called because it fuses easily when heated. The form tachylite is influenced by -lite stone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for tachylyte

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tachylyte

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for tachylyte