[ nef-uh-lin ]
/ ˈnɛf ə lɪn /


a feldspathoid mineral, essentially sodium aluminum silicate, NaAlSiO4, occurring in alkali-rich volcanic rocks.
Also neph·e·lite [nef-uh-lahyt] /ˈnɛf əˌlaɪt/.

Origin of nepheline

1805–15; < French néphéline, equivalent to néphél- (< Greek nephélē cloud) + -ine -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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nephelite (ˈnɛfɪˌlaɪt)

/ (ˈnɛfɪlɪn, -ˌliːn) /


a whitish mineral consisting of sodium potassium aluminium silicate in hexagonal crystalline form: used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics. Formula: (Na,K)(AlSi) 2 O 4

Word Origin for nepheline

C19: from French néphéline, from Greek nephelē cloud, so called because pieces of it become cloudy if dipped in nitric acid
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