Syenitic granite
Granite Gran"ite (gr[a^]n"[i^]t), n. [It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p. of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F. granit. See {Grain}.] (Geol.) A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and usually of a whitish, grayish, or flesh-red color. It differs from gneiss in not having the mica in planes, and therefore in being destitute of a schistose structure. [1913 Webster]

Note: Varieties containing hornblende are common. See also the {Note} under {Mica}. [1913 Webster]

{Gneissoid granite}, granite in which the mica has traces of a regular arrangement.

{Graphic granite}, granite consisting of quartz and feldspar without mica, and having the quartz crystals so arranged in the transverse section like oriental characters.

{Porphyritic granite}, granite containing feldspar in distinct crystals.

{Hornblende granite}, or

{Syenitic granite}, granite containing hornblende as well as mica, or, according to some authorities hornblende replacing the mica.

{Granite ware}. (a) A kind of stoneware. (b) A Kind of ironware, coated with an enamel resembling granite. [1913 Webster]


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  • Syenitic — Sy e*nit ic, a. [Written also sienitic.] 1. Relating to Syene; as, Syenitic inscriptions. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to, or like, syenite; as, syenitic granite. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Granite — Gran ite (gr[a^]n [i^]t), n. [It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p. of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F. granit. See {Grain}.] (Geol.) A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and usually of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Granite ware — Granite Gran ite (gr[a^]n [i^]t), n. [It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p. of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F. granit. See {Grain}.] (Geol.) A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • syenitic gneiss — Gneiss Gneiss (n[imac]s), n. [G.] (Geol.) A crystalline rock, consisting, like granite, of quartz, feldspar, and mica, but having these materials, especially the mica, arranged in planes, so that it breaks rather easily into coarse slabs or flags …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gneissoid granite — Granite Gran ite (gr[a^]n [i^]t), n. [It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p. of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F. granit. See {Grain}.] (Geol.) A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Graphic granite — Granite Gran ite (gr[a^]n [i^]t), n. [It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p. of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F. granit. See {Grain}.] (Geol.) A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hornblende granite — Granite Gran ite (gr[a^]n [i^]t), n. [It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p. of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F. granit. See {Grain}.] (Geol.) A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Porphyritic granite — Granite Gran ite (gr[a^]n [i^]t), n. [It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p. of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F. granit. See {Grain}.] (Geol.) A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Geographical variety — Variety Va*ri e*ty, n.; pl. {Varieties}. [L. varietas: cf. F. vari[ e]t[ e]. See {Various}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being various; intermixture or succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Varieties — Variety Va*ri e*ty, n.; pl. {Varieties}. [L. varietas: cf. F. vari[ e]t[ e]. See {Various}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being various; intermixture or succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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