Definition of ophitic in English:

ophitic

adjective

Geology
  • Relating to or denoting a poikilitic rock texture in which crystals of feldspar are interposed between plates of augite.

    • ‘This is followed by ophitic or poikilitic crystallization of pyroxene and ilmenite about scarce nuclei, produced at lower temperatures.’
    • ‘It is a narrow fissure vein cutting an ophitic lava flow and is typical of many of the noncommercial mineralized veins in the general area of Keweenaw Point.’

Origin

Late 19th century: via Latin from Greek ophitēs ‘serpentine stone’ (from ophis ‘snake’) + -ic.

Pronunciation

ophitic

/ōˈfidik/