nephelinite

[ nef-uh-luh-nahyt ]
/ ˈnɛf ə ləˌnaɪt /
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noun Petrography.

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

Nearby words

  1. nepeta,
  2. neph-,
  3. nephanalysis,
  4. nephele,
  5. nepheline,
  6. nephelite,
  7. nephelometer,
  8. nephew,
  9. nephilim,
  10. nepho-

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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British Dictionary definitions for nephelinite

nephelinite

/ (ˈnɛfɪlɪˌnaɪt) /

noun

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