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amphibolite Syllabification: am·phib·o·lite
Pronunciation: /amˈfibəˌlīt/

Definition of amphibolite in English:

noun

Geology
A granular metamorphic rock consisting mainly of hornblende and plagioclase.
Example sentences
  • It contains a variety of lithologies including augen gneiss, quartzite, amphibolite, calc-silicate, pelite and marble.
  • The prominent basement rocks of the Brumado area are Precambrian in age and consist dominantly of gneisses, schists, and amphibolite.
  • A uniform, regionally concordant layer of amphibolite with occasional ultramafic pods, termed the Sta Amphibolite, overlies the Sta Series.

Origin

Early 19th century: from amphibole + -ite1.

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