Di"a*base (?), n. [F. diabase, fr. Gr. a crossing or passing over, fr. ; + to go; -- so called by Brongniart, because it passes over to diorite.] Min.
A basic, dark-colored, holocrystalline, igneous rock, consisting essentially of a triclinic feldspar and pyroxene with magnetic iron; -- often limited to rocks pretertiary in age. It includes part of what was early called greenstone.
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