Definition of lamprophyre in English:


Line breaks: lampro|phyre
Pronunciation: /ˈlamprəˌfʌɪə


[mass noun] Geology
  • A porphyritic igneous rock consisting of a fine-grained feldspathic groundmass with phenocrysts chiefly of biotite.
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    • It has also been found in silica-poor igneous rocks, such as syenite, nepheline syenite, serpentinite, and lamprophyre.
    • The only known igneous rocks in the area are Permian periodotite and lamprophyre dikes as well as diatremes of ultramafic composition associated with the Fluorite district.
    • Subordinate volumes of carbonatite and lamprophyre magmas are also present.


late 19th century: from Greek lampros 'bright, shining' + porphureos 'purple'.

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