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ultrabasic

[uhl-truh-bey-sik] /ˌʌl trəˈbeɪ sɪk/
adjective
1.
(of rocks) containing iron and magnesium, with little or no silica.
Also, ultramafic.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; ultra- + basic
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ultrabasic

/ˌʌltrəˈbeɪsɪk/
adjective
1.
(of such igneous rocks as peridotite) containing less than 45 per cent silica
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ultrabasic
  (ŭl'trə-bā'sĭk)   
Containing magnesium and iron and only a very small amount of silica. Used of igneous rock, and often used interchangeably with ultramafic. Peridotite is an ultrabasic rock.
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