phonolite

[ fohn-l-ahyt ]
/ ˈfoʊn lˌaɪt /
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noun

a fine-grained volcanic rock composed chiefly of alkali feldspar and nepheline, some varieties of which split into pieces that ring on being struck.

Nearby words

  1. phonogram,
  2. phonograph,
  3. phonographic,
  4. phonography,
  5. phonol.,
  6. phonological,
  7. phonological rule,
  8. phonologist,
  9. phonology,
  10. phonometer

Origin of phonolite

1820–30; < French < German Phonolith. See phono-, -lite

Related formspho·no·lit·ic [fohn-l-it-ik] /ˌfoʊn lˈɪt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for phonolite

phonolite

/ (ˈfəʊnəˌlaɪt) /

noun

a fine-grained volcanic igneous rock consisting of alkaline feldspars and nepheline
Derived Formsphonolitic (ˌfəʊnəˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for phonolite

C19: via French from German Phonolith; see phono-, -lite

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Word Origin and History for phonolite

phonolite

n.

a kind of volcanic rock that rings when struck, c.1830, literally "sounding stone," from phono- + -lite. Based on German klingstein.

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