batholith [bath′ōlīt΄bath′ō lith΄]
a massive, dome-shaped formation of intrusive igneous rock, usually granite, that is thought to have originated far beneath the earth's surface, forms the base of mountain ranges, and is often found exposed as the result of long periods of erosion: cf. LACCOLITH: often called batholite [bath′ōlīt΄]

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  • batholith — 1903, from Ger. batholith (1892), coined by German geologist Eduard Suess (1831 1914) from Gk. bathos depth + lith, from lithos stone …   Etymology dictionary

  • batholith — ath o*lith (b[a^]th [ o]*l[i^]th), n. [Gr. baqo s depth + lith.] A large mass of intrusive igneous rock believed to have solidified deep within the earth. Syn: batholite, pluton, plutonic rock. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Batholith — Batholith, s. Lakkolith …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Batholith — Batholīth (grch.), s.v.w. Lakkolith …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Batholith — A batholith (from Greek bathos , depth + lithos , rock) is a large emplacement of igneous intrusive (also called plutonic) rock that forms from cooled magma deep in the Earth s crust. Batholiths are almost always made mostly of felsic or… …   Wikipedia

  • Batholith — Ein Batholith (altgriechisch βάθος bathos „Tiefe“ und altgriechisch λίθος líthos „Stein“) ist ein weiträumiger und komplex aufgebauter magmatischer Tiefengesteinskörper mit einer Ausstrichbreite an der Oberfläche von mehr als 100 km2,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • batholith — batholithic, adj. /bath euh lith/, n. Geol. a large body of intrusive igneous rock believed to have crystallized at a considerable depth below the earth s surface; pluton. [1900 05; BATHO + LITH] * * * Large body of igneous rock formed beneath… …   Universalium

  • batholith —    A large, generally discordant plutonic rock body exposed at the land surface, with an aerial extent > 40 sq. mi. (100 km2) and no known bottom (e.g., Idaho batholith).    Compare: stock.    SW & GG …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • batholith — noun Etymology: Greek bathos depth + International Scientific Vocabulary lith Date: circa 1900 a great mass of intruded igneous rock that for the most part stopped in its rise a considerable distance below the surface • batholithic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • batholith — noun A large irregular mass of intrusive igneous rock that has melted or forced itself into surrounding strata …   Wiktionary

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