plutonic


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plutonic \Plu*ton"ic\, a. [Cf. F. plutonique. See Pluto.]
   1. Of or pertaining to Pluto; Plutonian; hence, pertaining to
      the interior of the earth; subterranean.
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   2. Of, pertaining to, or designating, the system of the
      Plutonists; igneous; as, the Plutonic theory.
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   Plutonic action (Geol.), the influence of volcanic heat and
      other subterranean forces under pressure.

   Plutonic rocks (Geol.), granite, porphyry, and some other
      igneous rocks, supposed to have consolidated from a melted
      state at a great depth from the surface. Cf. {Intrusive
      rocks}, under Intrusive.

   Plutonic theory. (Geol.) See Plutonism.
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