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scapolite

[skap-uh-lahyt]
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noun
  1. any of a group of minerals of variable composition, essentially silicates of aluminum, calcium, and sodium, occurring as massive aggregates or tetragonal crystals.
  2. the member of the scapolite group intermediate in composition between meionite and marialite; wernerite.

Origin of scapolite

From the German word Skapolith, dating back to 1795–1805. See scape1, -o-, -lite
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Historical Examples

  • Dipyre (dīpīr), or Mizzonite, a mineral—aluminium calcium sodium silicate—of the scapolite series.

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    Various

  • Hypersthene and scapolite both may occur in these rocks and they are sometimes garnetiferous.


British Dictionary definitions for scapolite

scapolite

noun
  1. any of a group of colourless, white, grey, or violet fluorescent minerals consisting of sodium or calcium aluminium silicate, carbonate, and chloride in tetragonal crystalline form. They occur mainly in impure limestones and pegmatitesAlso called: wernerite

Word Origin

C19: from German Skapolith, from Greek skapos rod + -lite
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