[ hal-ahyt, hey-lahyt ]
/ ˈhæl aɪt, ˈheɪ laɪt /
a soft white or colorless mineral, sodium chloride, NaCl, occurring in cubic crystals with perfect cleavage; rock salt.
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Example sentences from the Web for halite
Chlorine occurs in nature chiefly combined with sodium, as halite or rock salt (NaCl).A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
Some of the uses of common salt are given in the description of halite in the preceding chapter.Geology|William J. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for halite
/ (ˈhælaɪt) /
a colourless or white mineral sometimes tinted by impurities, found in beds as an evaporite. It is used to produce common salt and chlorine. Composition: sodium chloride. Formula: NaCl. Crystal structure: cubicAlso called: rock salt
Word Origin for halite
C19: from New Latin halītes; see halo-, -ite ²
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Scientific definitions for halite
[ hăl′īt′, hā′līt′ ]
A colorless or white mineral occurring as cubic crystals. Halite is found in dried lakebeds in arid climates and is used as table salt. Chemical formula: NaCl. See more at salt.
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