laccolith

noun

lac·​co·​lith ˈla-kə-ˌlith How to pronounce laccolith (audio)
: a mass of igneous rock that is intruded between sedimentary beds and produces a domical bulging of the overlying strata
laccolithic 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, 1 June 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laccolith was in 1880

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“Laccolith.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laccolith. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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