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ophiolite Syllabification: oph·i·o·lite
Pronunciation: /ˈäfēəˌlīt/ /ˈōfē-/

Definition of ophiolite in English:


An igneous rock consisting largely of serpentine, believed to have been formed from the submarine eruption of oceanic crustal and upper mantle material.
Example sentences
  • These felsic rocks are contemporaneous with or only slightly younger than rocks from the Guevgueli ophiolite.
  • The Indus Suture Zone, also locally called the Sumdo Formation, contains the well-preserved Nidar ophiolite and the Zildat Ophiolitic Melange.
  • If this model does survive those tests, it has important implications for the tectonic environment in which the Troodos ophiolite formed.


Mid 19th century: from Greek ophis 'snake' + -lite.



Pronunciation: /ˌäfēəˈlitik/ /ˌōfē-/
Example sentences
  • We agree with Leong that a complex basement composed of both ophiolitic and granitic crust underlies much of Sabah.
  • The southsouthwestern boundary of the Indus Basin sediments is the shear zone of the Indus suture, with an ophiolitic melange exposed near Chilling.
  • In addition, the Central Pontides include Late Mesozoic ophiolitic rocks and ‘Neotethyan’ melange.

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