One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lamprophyre containing small phenocrysts of olivine and augite, and usually also biotite or an amphibole, in a glassy groundmass consisting of or containing analcite.
Late 19th century. From German Monchiquite from the name of the Serra de Monchique, a mountain range in southern Portugal where this kind of rock is found + -ite.
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