Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: porphyry
IPA transcription: [p'ɔɹfɚi]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: porphyry, porphyritic_rock
    Meaning: any igneous rock with crystals embedded in a finer groundmass of minerals
Usage examples
  • Elevated on a pedestal of porphyry, surrounded by a rail of bronze arrows of the lightest workmanship, was that statue of Diana which they had so much admired at Pisa.
  • Malachite and alabaster are of no avail; jasper, serpentine, basalt, porphyry, granite: stones from Paros and marble from Carrara--they are all a waste of pains: genius can do without them.
  • There is an impression on my mind that it was a purple land of pure porphyry; there is some faint memory, or dream, of hearing a long-drawn booming of waves upon its crags: I do not know whence I have them.