[ al-bahyt ]
/ ˈæl baɪt /

noun Mineralogy.

the sodium end member of the plagioclase feldspar group, light-colored and found in alkalic igneous rocks.

Origin of albite

1835–45; <Latin alb(us) white + -ite1


al·bit·ic [al-bit-ik], /ælˈbɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for albite

/ (ˈælbaɪt) /


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

Derived forms of albite

albitic (ælˈbɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for albite

C19: from Latin albus white
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Scientific definitions for albite

[ ălbīt′ ]

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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