grano·​di·​o·​rite ˌgra-nō-ˈdī-ə-ˌrīt How to pronounce granodiorite (audio)
: a granular intrusive quartzose igneous rock intermediate between granite and quartz-containing diorite with plagioclase predominant over orthoclase
granodioritic adjective

Examples of granodiorite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These areas of silica-rich magma cooled into rocks like tonalite and granodiorite (close cousins to granite) and suddenly the Earth's surface wasn't just basalt. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2023 This 2,100-year-old block of granodiorite is among the most important objects in Mediterranean history. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 Nov. 2022 The key to this centuries-old dilemma was an unassuming slab of granodiorite unearthed in Egypt in July 1799. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of granodiorite was in 1893

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“Granodiorite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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