Ophiolite



[of-ee-uh-lahyt, oh-fee-] /ˈɒf i əˌlaɪt, ˈoʊ fi-/

noun, Geology.
1.
an assemblage of mafic igneous rocks representing remnants of former oceanic crust.

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