ophitic

adjective
ophit·​ic | \ ä-ˈfi-tik How to pronounce ophitic (audio) , ō- \

Definition of ophitic

: having or being a rock fabric in which lath-shaped plagioclase crystals are enclosed in later formed augite

First Known Use of ophitic

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ophitic

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

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“Ophitic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ophitic. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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