Definition of ophitic in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfɪtɪk/


Relating to or denoting a poikilitic rock texture in which crystals of feldspar are interposed between plates of augite.
Example sentences
  • It is a narrow fissure vein cutting an ophitic lava flow and is typical of many of the noncommercial mineralized veins in the general area of Keweenaw Point.
  • This is followed by ophitic or poikilitic crystallization of pyroxene and ilmenite about scarce nuclei, produced at lower temperatures.


Late 19th century: via Latin from Greek ophitēs 'serpentine stone' (from ophis 'snake') + -ic.

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