- porphyritic rock
Other Word Forms of Porphyry
Origin of Porphyry
Middle English porphiri, porfurie from Old French porfire from Italian porfiro from Medieval Latin porphyrium from Latin porphyrītēs from Greek porphurītēs from porphurā shellfish yielding purple dye, purple (from its color)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Ancient Greek πορφυρίτες λίθος ("purple stone").
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