adjective \ä-ˈfi-tik, ō-\

Definition of OPHITIC

:  having or being a rock fabric in which lath-shaped plagioclase crystals are enclosed in later formed augite

Origin of OPHITIC

ophite serpentine (stone), from Latin ophites, from Greek ophitēs (lithos), from ophitēs snakelike, from ophis snake; akin to Sanskrit ahi snake and probably to Latin anguis snake, anguilla eel, Greek enchelys eel, echidna viper, echinos hedgehog, Old English igil
First Known Use: 1875


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