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[muhs-kuh-vahyt] /ˈmʌs kəˌvaɪt/
a native or inhabitant of Moscow.
a native or inhabitant of the Grand Duchy of Muscovy.
Also called white mica. (lowercase) Mineralogy. common light-colored mica, essentially KAl 3 Si 3 O 1 0 (OH) 2 , used as an electrical insulator.
Archaic. a Russian.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Moscow, Muscovy, or the Muscovites.
Origin of Muscovite
First recorded in 1545-55; Muscov(y) + -ite1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Muscovite mica occurs principally in the granitic pegmatite dikes.

  • My forefathers have tasted more than once of Muscovite generosity.

    The Traitors E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • This was the cry of some renegade Courtlander, or of a Muscovite learned (as ofttimes they are) in the speech of the West.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • But the Muscovite was a grim, mysterious figure they feared and hated.

    Masters of the Wheat-Lands Harold Bindloss
  • Fathers distrusted their sons, husbands feared to discover in their own wives the tools of the Muscovite Government.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • He had married a Muscovite and had several sons and grandsons.

  • That Muscovite winter wedged his arms;—ever since, he has fought with his feet and teeth.

  • I also have wrongs, and Ivan of Muscovy will show you a Muscovite vengeance.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for Muscovite


a pale brown, or green, or colourless mineral of the mica group, found in plutonic rocks such as granite and in sedimentary rocks. It is used in the manufacture of lubricants, insulators, paints, and Christmas "snow". Composition: potassium aluminium silicate. Formula: KAl2(AlSi3)O10(OH)2. Crystal structure: monoclinic See also mica
Word Origin
C19: from the phrase Muscovy glass, an early name for mica


a native or inhabitant of Moscow
an archaic word for Russian
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Muscovite in Science
A usually colorless to yellow or pale-gray mica. Muscovite is a monoclinic mineral and is found in igneous rocks, such as granites and pegmatites, metamorphic rocks, such as schists and gneisses, and in many sedimentary rocks. Chemical formula: KAl2(AlSi3)O10(OH)2.
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