ophit·​ic ä-ˈfi-tik How to pronounce ophitic (audio)
: having or being a rock fabric in which lath-shaped plagioclase crystals are enclosed in later formed augite

Word History


ophite "rock with snake-like markings, serpentine" (borrowed from Latin ophītēs, borrowed from Greek ophī́tēs [líthos] "snake-like [stone]," from óphis "snake" + -itēs -ite entry 1) + -ic entry 1 — more at ophidian

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ophitic was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Ophitic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophitic. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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