Pieces of different colored granite.
An example of granite is the rock frequently used in a home's kitchen counters.
Origin of graniteItalian granito, granite, literally , grained ; from past participle of granire, to reduce to grains ; from grano ; from Classical Latin granum, a seed, grain
- A common, coarse-grained, light-colored, hard igneous rock consisting chiefly of quartz, orthoclase or microcline, and mica, used in monuments and for building.
- Unyielding endurance; steadfastness: a will of granite.
Origin of graniteItalian granito, from past participle of granire, to make grainy, from grano, grain, from Latin granum; see g&rlowring;&schwa;-no- in Indo-European roots.
- gra·nit′ic , gran′it·oid′