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halite

[hal-ahyt, hey-lahyt]
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noun
  1. a soft white or colorless mineral, sodium chloride, NaCl, occurring in cubic crystals with perfect cleavage; rock salt.

Origin of halite

First recorded in 1865–70; hal- + -ite1
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Historical Examples

  • Some of the uses of common salt are given in the description of halite in the preceding chapter.

    Geology

    William J. Miller

  • Chlorine occurs in nature chiefly combined with sodium, as halite or rock salt (NaCl).


British Dictionary definitions for halite

halite

noun
  1. a colourless or white mineral sometimes tinted by impurities, found in beds as an evaporite. It is used to produce common salt and chlorine. Composition: sodium chloride. Formula: NaCl. Crystal structure: cubicAlso called: rock salt

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin halītes; see halo-, -ite ²
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Word Origin and History for halite

n.

"rock-salt," 1868, coined as Modern Latin halites (Glocker, 1847), from Greek hals "salt" (see halo-) + chemical noun suffix -ite (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

halite in Science

halite

[hălīt′, hālīt′]
  1. A colorless or white mineral occurring as cubic crystals. Halite is found in dried lakebeds in arid climates and is used as table salt. Chemical formula: NaCl. See more at salt.
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