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albite

[al-bahyt]
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noun Mineralogy.
  1. the sodium end member of the plagioclase feldspar group, light-colored and found in alkalic igneous rocks.
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Origin of albite

1835–45; < Latin alb(us) white + -ite1
Related formsal·bit·ic [al-bit-ik] /ælˈbɪt ɪk/, adjective
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albite

noun
  1. a colourless, milky-white, yellow, pink, green, or black mineral of the feldspar group and plagioclase series, found in igneous sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. It is used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics. Composition: sodium aluminium silicate. Formula: NaALSi 3 O 8 . Crystal structure: triclinic
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Derived Formsalbitic (ælˈbɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin albus white
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albite

[ălbīt′]
  1. A clear to milky white triclinic mineral of the plagioclase group. Albite is common in igneous rocks, especially granite, and in metamorphic rocks that formed at low temperatures. Chemical formula: NaAlSi3O8.
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