There are 2 definitions of Porphyry in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːfɪri
  • (Circa 232–303), Neoplatonist philosopher; born Malchus. He was a pupil of Plotinus, whose works he edited after the latter’s death.

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There are 2 definitions of Porphyry in English:


Line breaks: por|phyry
Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːfɪri

noun (plural porphyries)

[mass noun]
  • A hard igneous rock containing crystals of feldspar in a fine-grained 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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