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por•phy•ry



Pronunciation: (pôr'fu-rē), [key]
n.,
pl. -ries.

1. a very hard rock, anciently quarried in Egypt, having a dark, purplish-red groundmass containing small crystals of feldspar.
2. Petrol.any igneous rock containing coarse crystals, as phenocrysts, in a finer-grained groundmass.

Por•phy•ry



Pronunciation: (pôr'fu-rē), [key]
n.
(Malchus) a.d.c233–c304, Greek philosopher.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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