Plutonic Plu*ton"ic, a. [Cf. F. plutonique. See {Pluto}.] 1. Of or pertaining to Pluto; Plutonian; hence, pertaining to the interior of the earth; subterranean. [1913 Webster]

2. Of, pertaining to, or designating, the system of the Plutonists; igneous; as, the Plutonic theory. [1913 Webster]

{Plutonic action} (Geol.), the influence of volcanic heat and other subterranean forces under pressure.

{Plutonic rocks} (Geol.), granite, porphyry, and some other igneous rocks, supposed to have consolidated from a melted state at a great depth from the surface. Cf. {Intrusive rocks}, under {Intrusive}.

{Plutonic theory}. (Geol.) See {Plutonism}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • plutonic — adjective 1》 Geology relating to or denoting igneous rock formed by solidification at considerable depth beneath the earth s surface. 2》 (Plutonic) relating to the underworld or the Greek god Pluto. Derivatives plutonism noun (Geology) …   English new terms dictionary

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