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 (ŏf′ē-ə-līt′, ō′fē-)
Any of a group of rocks, especially mafic and ultramafic igneous rocks, thought to have formed during crustal thinning at a mid-ocean ridge and to have been subsequently thrust onto continental crust.

[French ophiolite : Greek ophis, snake (in reference to the typically greenish serpentine rocks, diabase, and peridotite found in ophiolites) + French -lite, -lite; see -lite.]


(Geological Science) a type of marble containing serpentine, normally used for ornamental purposes
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