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Syllabification: por·phy·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈpôrfərē

noun (plural porphyries)

A hard igneous rock containing crystals, usually of feldspar, in a fine-grained, typically reddish groundmass.
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  • The fault places massive fractured greenstones over relatively undeformed feldspar andesite porphyry.
  • The mine workings occupy much of the west side of an isolated low hill composed mainly of light-colored volcanic rock, described as felsite porphyry or trachyte, highly altered to clay minerals.
  • Although closely associated with plutonic igneous rocks, porphyry mineralization commonly encompasses large volumes of the surrounding host rocks to the intrusion.


late Middle English: via medieval Latin from Greek porphuritēs, from porphura 'purple'.

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Syllabification: Por·phy·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈpôrfərē
( Circa 232–303), Neoplatonist philosopher; born Malchus. He was a student of Plotinus, whose works he edited after the latter’s death.

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