One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of an igneous rock or its structure: characterized by irregular cavities into which crystals project.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London. From German miarolit- (in miarolitisch from Miarolit a type of granite + -isch) + -ic. German Miarolit is from Italian (northern) miarolo a type of granite from the Lake Maggiore area in northern Italy (from Italian regional (Lombardy) miaroeu granite) + German -lit.
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