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  • adj. Pertaining to, resembling or containing syenite
  • adj. Pertaining to Syene (modern Aswan)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to Syene.
  • adj. Relating to, or like, syenite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing syenite; resembling syenite, or possessing some of its properties. Also sienitic.


syenite +‎ -ic (Wiktionary)


  • In two hours we crossed a small stream, with slippery syenitic rocks in its bed, showing the action of furious torrents.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • Here, for the first time, we saw hills with bare, smooth, rocky tops, and we crossed over broad dikes of gneiss and syenitic porphyry: the directions in which they lay were N. and S.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • It is situated among rocks of syenitic porphyry in broad dikes, and gneiss tilted on edge, and having a strike to the N.E. There are many specimens of half-formed pumice, with greenstone and lava.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • In the latter gorge, as already mentioned, igneous and syenitic masses have been acted on by some great fiery convulsion of nature; the strata are thrown into a huddled heap of confusion.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • The dust is richest, as usual, at the walls where the vein is in immediate contact with the heat-altered granites, whose red variety, containing very little mica, becomes quasi-syenitic.

    The Land of Midian

  • Here they are of three kinds: coarse and rough basaltic lava for the first and rudest work; red granite and syenitic granite for the next stage; and, lastly, an admirable handmill of the compactest grey granite, smooth as glass and hard as iron.

    The Land of Midian

  • After marching about six miles, we entered a gorge called Umm el-Bíbán, “the Mother of Gates,” formed by the stony spurs of the Wady bank: the number of birds and trees, especially in the syenitic valleys, showed that water could not be far off.

    The Land of Midian

  • The valley-sole is parti-coloured; the sands of the deeper line to the right are tinctured a pale and sickly green by the degradation of the porphyritic traps, here towering in the largest masses yet seen; while the gravel of the left bank is warm, and lively with red grit and syenitic granite.

    The Land of Midian

  • Humboldt. 8 At the cataracts of the great rivers Orinoco, Nile, and Congo, the syenitic rocks are coated by a black substance, appearing as if they had been polished with plumbago.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • For this reason soils produced from the syenitic rocks are frequently possessed of considerable fertility.

    Elements of Agricultural Chemistry


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