porphyrite

noun por·phy·rite \ˈpȯ(r)fəˌrīt\

Definition of porphyrite

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  an Egyptian red porphyry

  2. 2 :  a quartz-free porphyry whose feldspar is plagioclase

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Origin and Etymology of porphyrite

Latin porphyrites purple colored stone, porphyry, from Greek porphyritēs (lithos), from porphyra purple + -itēs, adjective suffix


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