groundmass

noun
ground·​mass | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌmas How to pronounce groundmass (audio) \

Definition of groundmass

: the fine-grained or glassy base of a porphyry in which the larger distinct crystals are embedded

First Known Use of groundmass

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Groundmass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groundmass. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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