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pyroxenite

Syllabification: py·rox·e·nite
Pronunciation: /pīˈräksəˌnīt, pə-
 
/

Definition of pyroxenite in English:

noun

Geology
A dark, greenish, granular intrusive igneous rock consisting chiefly of pyroxenes and olivine.
Example sentences
  • In similar contrast to the Okenyenya xenolith suite, lithologies such as wehrlite, eclogite and pyroxenite are also absent.
  • Subsequent melting of mica pyroxenite may produce potassic magmas as a result of orogenic or extensional, thermal or bark triggers.
  • The first group (133 million years old) consists mostly of melagabbro, perkinite and pyroxenite.

Origin

mid 19th century: from pyroxene + -ite1.

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