porphyritic

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porphyritic

Post by Archived Topic » Sat Feb 06, 1999 12:00 am

WHAT IS THE ROOT MEANING? AND IS THERE ANY CONNECTION TO THE OLD ROMAN WIRTER OR NOT?
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porphyritic

Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 09, 1999 8:00 am

It comes from the Latin 'porphyrites', a purple-coloured precious stone in Egypt; this in turn comes from Greek 'porphyrites', like purple. There seems to be no direct link to the writer.
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