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Related to phaneritic: pegmatitic
Of or relating to an igneous rock in which the crystals are so coarse that individual minerals can be distinguished with the naked eye.
[phanerite, phaneritic rock (from Greek phaneros, visible, from phainein, to cause to appear; see bhā- in Indo-European roots + -ite) + -ic.]
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