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granite

Syllabification: gran·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈɡranət
 
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Definition of granite in English:

noun

A very hard, granular, crystalline, igneous rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar and often used as a building stone.
Example sentences
  • Finally the hardest stones such as granite and porphyry require the most tempered steel tools.
  • The views from these heights are simply stunning, with glacial ice fields and granite peaks as far as the eye can see.
  • Pine units are fitted at ground and eye-level, topped by granite worktops and a tiled splashback.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Italian granito, literally 'grained', from grano 'grain', from Latin granum.

Derivatives

granitic

1
Pronunciation: /ɡrəˈnitik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • It has also been found as a constituent of granites and in granitic pegmatites.
  • In contrast, granitic pegmatites are found in the Zomba Mountain and Malosa Mountain.
  • A common misconception is that a pegmatite is granitic in composition.

granitoid

2
Pronunciation: /ˈɡraniˌtoid/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • These granitoids clearly belong to the magnetite-bearing granitoids.
  • In Figure 2 we describe the specific field relations of the granulites and granitoids, to outline the task of sample selection for our isotopic study.
  • The major rock types in the Masasi area are granitoid gneisses, marbles, schists and quartzites.

Words that rhyme with granite

gannet, Janet, planet

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