Definition of elvan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈelvən/


Hard intrusive igneous rock found in Cornwall, England, typically quartz porphyry.
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  • Less frequently elvan has been met with in apparently isolated masses.
  • Molybdenite and corundum are also found in the schist through which the elvan dykes have cut.


Early 18th century: perhaps via Cornish from Welsh elfen 'element'.

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