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.
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
- Greek ophis snake –lite
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Ancient Greek á½„Ï†Î¹Ï‚ (ophis, “serpent") + -lite