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[per-i-kleys, -kleyz]
  1. a cubic mineral, native magnesia, MgO, occurring usually in metamorphosed dolomite.
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Origin of periclase

1835–45; < German Periklas < New Latin periclasia, equivalent to peri- peri- + Greek klás(is) a breaking (cf. -clase) + -ia -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for periclase


  1. a mineral consisting of magnesium oxide in the form of isometric crystals or grains: occurs in metamorphosed limestone
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Derived Formspericlastic (ˌpɛrɪˈklæstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for periclase

C19: from New Latin periclasia, from Greek peri very + klasis a breaking, referring to its perfect cleavage
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