batholith
batholith ath"o*lith (b[a^]th"[-o]*l[i^]th), n. [Gr. baqo`s depth + -lith.] A large mass of intrusive igneous rock believed to have solidified deep within the earth.

Syn: batholite, pluton, plutonic rock. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • batholith — 1903, from Ger. batholith (1892), coined by German geologist Eduard Suess (1831 1914) from Gk. bathos depth + lith, from lithos stone …   Etymology dictionary

  • Batholith — Batholith, s. Lakkolith …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Batholith — Batholīth (grch.), s.v.w. Lakkolith …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • batholith — [bath′ōlīt΄bath′ō lith΄] n. [ BATHO + LITH] a massive, dome shaped formation of intrusive igneous rock, usually granite, that is thought to have originated far beneath the earth s surface, forms the base of mountain ranges, and is often found… …   English World dictionary

  • Batholith — A batholith (from Greek bathos , depth + lithos , rock) is a large emplacement of igneous intrusive (also called plutonic) rock that forms from cooled magma deep in the Earth s crust. Batholiths are almost always made mostly of felsic or… …   Wikipedia

  • Batholith — Ein Batholith (altgriechisch βάθος bathos „Tiefe“ und altgriechisch λίθος líthos „Stein“) ist ein weiträumiger und komplex aufgebauter magmatischer Tiefengesteinskörper mit einer Ausstrichbreite an der Oberfläche von mehr als 100 km2,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • batholith — batholithic, adj. /bath euh lith/, n. Geol. a large body of intrusive igneous rock believed to have crystallized at a considerable depth below the earth s surface; pluton. [1900 05; BATHO + LITH] * * * Large body of igneous rock formed beneath… …   Universalium

  • batholith —    A large, generally discordant plutonic rock body exposed at the land surface, with an aerial extent > 40 sq. mi. (100 km2) and no known bottom (e.g., Idaho batholith).    Compare: stock.    SW & GG …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • batholith — noun Etymology: Greek bathos depth + International Scientific Vocabulary lith Date: circa 1900 a great mass of intruded igneous rock that for the most part stopped in its rise a considerable distance below the surface • batholithic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • batholith — noun A large irregular mass of intrusive igneous rock that has melted or forced itself into surrounding strata …   Wiktionary

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