cryolite

[ krahy-uh-lahyt ]
/ ˈkraɪ əˌlaɪt /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. cryogenized,
  2. cryoglobulin,
  3. cryoglobulinemia,
  4. cryohydrate,
  5. cryolathe,
  6. cryology,
  7. cryolysis,
  8. cryometer,
  9. cryonaut,
  10. cryonics

Origin of cryolite

First recorded in 1795–1805; cryo- + -lite

Also called Greenland spar.

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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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