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  • n. The border of an igneous mass, usually characterized by a finer grain or glassy texture which is produced by the chilling of the molten rock by the cold country rock.


From German, from Middle High German selbende, selpende, from selp ("self") (from Old High German selb) + ende ("end") (from Old High German enti) (Wiktionary)


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