lac·​co·​lith | \ ˈla-kə-ˌlith How to pronounce laccolith (audio) \

Definition of laccolith

: a mass of igneous rock that is intruded between sedimentary beds and produces a domical bulging of the overlying strata

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Other Words from laccolith

laccolithic \ ˌla-​kə-​ˈli-​thik How to pronounce laccolithic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of laccolith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the language of Big Sky Country: laccolith, dike, shonkinite, marine shale. Porter Fox, Outside Online, "Exploring America's Forgotten Border," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of laccolith

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laccolith

Greek lakkos pond, reservoir + English -lith — more at lake

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The first known use of laccolith was in 1880

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“Laccolith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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