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tholeiite

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noun tho·lei·ite \ˈtō-lə-ˌīt, ˈthō-\

Definition of tholeiite

  1. :  a basaltic rock that is rich in aluminum and low in potassium, is found typically in the ocean floor, and is probably derived from the earth's mantle

tholeiitic play \ˌtō-lə-ˈi-tik, ˌthō-\ adjective


Origin of tholeiite

German Tholeiit, from Tholey, village in Saarland, Germany + German -it -ite


First Known Use: 1866


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