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igneous


Over an extensive area, the soil consisted of that igneous gravel called "tuff," reddish in color as if made from crushed bricks.
Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  rocks solidified from molten magma; one of three basic categories into which rocks can be classified
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Strongly Associated with:   sedimentary, metamorphic
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Much more rarely, "igneous" is more generally suggestive of fire, as in:  "an igneous desert atmosphere".
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  • Over an extensive area, the soil consisted of that igneous gravel called "tuff," reddish in color as if made from crushed bricks.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Spaced at intervals from five miles to half a mile, these mountains with their knife-edged ridges of brittle igneous rock rivaled the Alps in size.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Basalt is a brown rock of igneous origin.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • It looked like a gouged chunk of igneous rock that had been coughed out of the hotbed of an old volcano.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo

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  • Igneous, sedimentary and something else.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
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Associated words [difficulty]:   igneous [9] , sedimentary [8] , obsidian [4] , mica [5] , magma [6] , basalt [7] , sedimentary [8] , gneiss [9] , petrology [9]
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