bath·​o·​lith | \ ˈba-thə-ˌlith How to pronounce batholith (audio) \

Definition of batholith

: a great mass of intruded igneous rock that for the most part stopped in its rise a considerable distance below the surface

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batholithic \ ˌba-​thə-​ˈli-​thik How to pronounce batholithic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of batholith

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for batholith

borrowed from German Batholith, from Greek báthos "depth" + German -o- -o- + -lith -lith

Note: The term was introduced by the Austrian geologist Eduard Suess (1831-1914) in Das Antlitz der Erde, Band 1 (Prague & Leipzig, 1883), p. 219.

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“Batholith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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