designating a texture of igneous rock, esp. diabase, in which long, flat, narrow crystals of plagioclase feldspar are embedded in augite
Origin of ophiticfrom Classical Latin ophites from Classical Greek ophit?s (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.