adularia

[ aj-uh-lair-ee-uh ]
/ ˌædʒ əˈlɛər i ə /

noun Mineralogy.

a sometimes opalescent variety of orthoclase formed at a low temperature.

Nearby words

  1. adsum,
  2. adterminal,
  3. adts,
  4. aduki,
  5. adularescent,
  6. adulate,
  7. adulation,
  8. adulatory,
  9. adullamite,
  10. adult

Origin of adularia

1790–1800; < Italian < French adulaire, named after Adula a mountain group in Switzerland; see -ary

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British Dictionary definitions for adularia

adularia

/ (ˌædjʊˈlɛərɪə) /

noun

a white or colourless glassy variety of orthoclase in the form of prismatic crystals. It occurs in metamorphic rocks and is a minor gemstone. Formula: KAlSi 3 O 8

Word Origin for adularia

C18: via Italian from French adulaire, after Adula, a group of mountains in Switzerland

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