ophitic definition by Webster's New World
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designating a texture of igneous rock, esp. diabase, in which long, flat, narrow crystals of plagioclase feldspar are embedded in augite
Origin: ; from Classical Latin ophites ; from Classical Greek ophitēs (lithos), snake (stone) ; from ophis, a snake (see ophiolatry) plush -ic
ophitic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of or relating to ophite.
- Having a texture composed of lath-shaped plagioclase crystals in a matrix of pyroxene crystals.