-clase


a combining form used in the formation of compound words that denote minerals with a particular cleavage, as specified by the initial element: oligoclase; plagioclase.

Nearby words

  1. -chrome,
  2. -chroous,
  3. -cidal,
  4. -cide,
  5. -cion,
  6. -clasis,
  7. -cle,
  8. -cleisis,
  9. -cline,
  10. -clisis

Origin of -clase

< French < Greek klásis; see -clasis

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British Dictionary definitions for -clase

-clase

n combining form

(in mineralogy) indicating a particular type of cleavageplagioclase

Word Origin for -clase

via French from Greek klasis a breaking, from klan to break

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