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cryolite

[ krahy-uh-lahyt ]

noun

  1. a mineral, sodium aluminum fluoride, Na 3 AlF 6 , occurring in white masses, used as a flux in the electrolytic production of aluminum.


cryolite

/ ˈkraɪəˌlaɪt /

noun

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of cryolite1

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

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Example Sentences

"There's a seam of cryolite in the Eastern Hills, according to the old maps," said Lake.

Decomposition of cryolite by ignition with carbonate of lime.

A mixture of equal parts of cryolite and barium chloride is very good in soldering bronze or aluminum alloys.

It occurs less abundantly as cryolite (Na3AlF6), a fluoride of aluminium and sodium, which is used in glass-making.

We are getting the upper hand of the curculios by the use of cryolite spray but the root-worm beetle problem is still unsolved.

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