Definition of anorthosite in English:


Line breaks: an¦ortho|site
Pronunciation: /əˈnɔːθəsʌɪt


[mass noun] Geology
  • A granular igneous rock composed largely of labradorite or another plagioclase.
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    • Because of the preponderance of the mineral anorthite (a calcium-rich variety of the mineral plagioclase feldspar) this rock type is called anorthosite.
    • Coarse-grained anorthosite is the predominant rock type in these bodies.
    • The plagioclase crystals would have formed subcircular lenses of anorthosite that punctuated background chromite accumulation.


mid 19th century: from French anorthose 'plagioclase' + -ite1.

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