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noun Petrography.
  1. a fine-grained, dark rock of volcanic origin, essentially a basalt containing nepheline but no feldspar and little or no olivine.
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Origin of nephelinite

First recorded in 1860–65; nepheline + -ite1
Related formsneph·e·li·nit·ic [nef-uh-luh-nit-ik] /ˌnɛf ə ləˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of nephelinite

  • They are chiefly leucite and nepheline rocks, such as leucitite, leucitophyre and nephelinite, but basalt and trachyte also occur.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for nephelinite


  1. a fine-grained basic laval rock consisting of pyroxene and nepheline
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