designating a texture of igneous rock, esp. diabase, in which long, flat, narrow crystals of plagioclase feldspar are embedded in augite
Origin of ophitic; from Classical Latin ophites ; from Classical Greek ophitēs (lithos), snake (stone) ; from ophis, a snake (see ophiolatry) + -ic
- Of or relating to ophite.
- Having a texture composed of lath-shaped plagioclase feldspar crystals in a matrix of pyroxene crystals.