porphyritic

adjective
por·​phy·​rit·​ic | \ ˌpȯr-fə-ˈri-tik How to pronounce porphyritic (audio) \

Definition of porphyritic

1 : of or relating to porphyry
2 : having distinct crystals (as of feldspar) in a relatively fine-grained base

First Known Use of porphyritic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for porphyritic

Middle English porphiritike, from Medieval Latin porphyriticus, from Greek porphyritikos, from porphyritēs (lithos) porphyry

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“Porphyritic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porphyritic. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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