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hypabyssal (adjective), more hypabyssal, most hypabyssal
1. A description of igneous rocks; especially, in the form of dikes or sills, created when molten magma rose to the surface of the earth's crust but solidified before reaching it: The hypabyssal layer of rock was an impediment to the oil drilling in the ocean.
2. Designating a rock in texture that is intermediate between plutonites (a deep-seated rock) and extrusive rocks (forced out at the surface) which are usually formed at moderate distances below the surface: The term hypabyssal is part of the vocabulary used in the science of petrology.

The survey of the ocean floor indicated an extensive layer of hypabyssal rock on the bottom.

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