from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of or relating to an igneous rock in which the crystals are so coarse that individual minerals can be distinguished with the naked eye.
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- adjective Geology, mineralogy A term that refers to the
mineral grainsize of igneous rocks. Phaneritic rocks have grains large enough to see with the unaided eye.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[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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