cryolite

[ krahy-uh-lahyt ]
/ ˈkraɪ əˌlaɪt /

noun

a mineral, sodium aluminum fluoride, Na3AlF6, occurring in white masses, used as a flux in the electrolytic production of aluminum.

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Origin of cryolite

First recorded in 1795–1805; cryo- + -lite
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British Dictionary definitions for cryolite

cryolite
/ (ˈkraɪəˌlaɪt) /

noun

a white or colourless mineral consisting of a fluoride of sodium and aluminium in monoclinic crystalline form: used in the production of aluminium, glass, and enamel. Formula: Na 3 AlF 6
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