tachylite


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tach·y·lyte

also tach·y·lite  (tăk′ə-līt′)
n.
A brown, black, or green volcanic glass formed from basaltic magma and often found along the edges of dikes, sills or volcanic flows, where rock usually forms first by contact with the cooler surrounding rock.

[German Tachylyt : Greek takhu-, tachy- + Greek lutos, soluble (from lūein, to loosen; see leu- in Indo-European roots).]

tach′y·lyt′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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Noun1.tachylite - a basic or basalt glass
volcanic glass - a kind of natural glass produced when molten lava cools very rapidly
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