batholith definition by Webster's New World
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a massive, dome-shaped formation of intrusive igneous rock, usually granite, that is thought to have originated far beneath the earth's surface, forms the base of mountain ranges, and is often found exposed as the result of long periods of erosion
often called batholite
Origin: batho- plush -lith
batholith definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A large mass of igneous rock that has melted and intruded surrounding strata at great depths.
- bathˌo·lithˈic adjective
batholith - Science Definition
A large mass of igneous rock that has intruded and melted surrounding strata at great depths. Batholiths usually have a surface area of over 100 km2 (38 mi2).