pegmatite


pegmatite

noun Petrology.

  1. a coarsely crystalline granite or other high-silica rock occurring in veins or dikes.

noun

  1. any of a class of exceptionally coarse-grained intrusive igneous rocks consisting chiefly of quartz and feldspar: often occurring as dykes among igneous rocks of finer grain

  1. Any of various coarse-grained igneous rocks that often occur as wide veins cutting across other types of rock. Pegmatites form from water-rich magmas or lavas that cool slowly, allowing the crystals to grow to large sizes. Although pegmatites can be compositionally similar to a number of rocks, they most often have the composition of granite.

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