a widespread rock formation containing a mixture of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks, thought to be the result of sea-floor rifting or crustal plate collisions
Origin of ophiolite; from Classical Greek ophis, a snake (see ophiolatry) + -lite
Any of a group of rocks, especially mafic and ultramafic igneous rocks, thought to have formed during crustal thinning at a mid-ocean ridge and to have been subsequently thrust onto continental crust.
Origin of ophioliteGreek ophis, snake + –lite.
Ancient Greek á½„Ï†Î¹Ï‚ (ophis, “serpent") + -lite