diorite

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English[edit]

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Orbicular diorite from Japan

Etymology[edit]

From French diorite (see below).

Noun[edit]

diorite (countable and uncountable, plural diorites)

  1. (petrology) A grey intrusive igneous rock composed mostly of plagioclase feldspar, biotite, hornblende and/or pyroxene.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Invented by mineralogist Alexandre Brongniart (1770-1847), derived from Ancient Greek διορίζω (diorízō, distinguish), from δι- plus ὁρίζω (horízō, to limit).

Noun[edit]

diorite f (uncountable)

  1. (petrology) diorite

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

diorite f (plural dioriti)

  1. (petrology) diorite

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