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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about porphyritic

Time Traveler for porphyritic

Time Traveler

The first known use of porphyritic was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for porphyritic

Cite this Entry

“Porphyritic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porphyritic. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

Comments on porphyritic

What made you want to look up porphyritic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!