a transparent variety of calcite that is double-refracting and is used as a polarizer.
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Origin of Iceland spar
First recorded in 1820–30
Words nearby Iceland spar
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British Dictionary definitions for Iceland spar
a pure transparent variety of calcite with double-refracting crystals used in making polarizing microscopes
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Scientific definitions for Iceland spar
[ īs′lənd ]
A form of calcite that is transparent and causes light passing through it to refract in two directions (forming a double image of an object seen through it). Iceland spar occurs in perfect rhombohedrons and is used in optical instruments.
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