mafic

adjective maf·ic \ ˈma-fik \
|Updated on: 27 Jun 2018

Definition of mafic

: of, relating to, or being a group of usually dark-colored minerals rich in magnesium and iron

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Origin and Etymology of mafic

New Latin magnesium + Latin ferrum iron + English -ic


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