an·​des·​ite | \ ˈan-di-ˌzīt How to pronounce andesite (audio) \

Definition of andesite

: an extrusive usually dark grayish rock consisting essentially of oligoclase or feldspar

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Other Words from andesite

andesitic \ ˌan-​di-​ˈzi-​tik How to pronounce andesite (audio) \ adjective

Examples of andesite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pre-1980 cone, which took shape in just the past 2,500 years, consisted in part of mountain-building andesite rocks. Steve Olson, Scientific American, "Inside Mount Saint Helens, Scientists Find Clues to Eruption Prediction," 1 Nov. 2017 The main cone is made of andesite, dacite, and rhyodacite. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Hawaii's Kilauea volcano ranked among top 10 most dangerous in US," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of andesite

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for andesite

German Andesit, from Andes

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“Andesite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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