Definition of elvan in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɛlv(ə)n


[mass noun] Geology
  • Hard intrusive igneous rock found in Cornwall, 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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