Batholith definition

băthə-lĭth
A large mass of igneous rock that has melted and intruded surrounding strata at great depths.
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A massive, dome-shaped formation of intrusive igneous rock, usually granite, that is thought to have originated far beneath the earth's surface, forms the base of mountain ranges, and is often found exposed as the result of long periods of erosion.
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A large mass of igneous rock that has intruded and melted surrounding strata at great depths. Batholiths usually have a surface area of over 100 km2 (38 mi2 ).
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(geology) A large irregular mass of intrusive igneous rock that has melted or forced itself into surrounding strata.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
batholith
Plural:
batholiths

Origin of batholith

  • batho- +‎ -lith

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