Definition of ophiolitic in US English:

ophiolitic

adjective

Geology
  • See ophiolite

    • ‘We interpret such variations as a result of sediment accumulation in small semi-isolated basins on the ophiolitic basement.’
    • ‘The southsouthwestern boundary of the Indus Basin sediments is the shear zone of the Indus suture, with an ophiolitic melange exposed near Chilling.’
    • ‘The ophiolitic material was derived from the Songpan-Ganzi ocean basin.’
    • ‘We agree with Leong that a complex basement composed of both ophiolitic and granitic crust underlies much of Sabah.’
    • ‘In addition, the Central Pontides include Late Mesozoic ophiolitic rocks and ‘Neotethyan’ melange.’

Pronunciation

ophiolitic

/ˌōfē-/