Porphyry, any igneous rock consisting of large crystals in a mass of much smaller crystals. The large and small crystals usually are of different minerals; the rock is generally named according to its major component (for example: granite porphyry). When cut and polished, porphyry has a beautiful pattern and contrast of colors. It is used for tombstones and ornamental panels.
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