pluton

noun
plu·​ton | \ ˈplü-ˌtän How to pronounce pluton (audio) \

Definition of pluton

: a typically large body of intrusive igneous rock

Examples of pluton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Called a pluton by geologists, the Barre granite formation is calculated to be four miles long, two miles wide and 10 miles deep. Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 In Nevada, for instance, geologists find fibers associated with jagged landscape formed by plutons, which are huge rock formations caused by liquid magma forced upward into the cooler crust and then solidifying. Deborah Blum, WIRED, 17 Jan. 2014

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First Known Use of pluton

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pluton

probably back-formation from plutonic

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Last Updated

27 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Pluton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pluton. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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