[ pley-jee-uh-kleys ]

  1. any of the feldspar minerals varying in composition from acidic albite, NaAlSi3O8, to basic anorthite, CaAl2Si2O8, found in most igneous rocks: shows twinning striations on good cleavage surfaces.

Origin of plagioclase

First recorded in 1865–70; plagio- + -clase

Other words from plagioclase

  • pla·gi·o·clas·tic [pley-jee-uh-klas-tik], /ˌpleɪ dʒi əˈklæs tɪk/, adjective

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How to use plagioclase in a sentence

  • Essentially it is a crystalline-granular compound of plagioclase, generally Labradorite and diallage.

British Dictionary definitions for plagioclase


/ (ˈpleɪdʒɪəʊˌkleɪz) /

  1. a series of feldspar minerals consisting of a mixture of sodium and calcium aluminium silicates in triclinic crystalline form: includes albite, oligoclase, and labradorite

Derived forms of plagioclase

  • plagioclastic (ˌpleɪdʒɪəʊˈklæstɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for plagioclase


[ plājē-ə-klās′ ]

  1. Any of a series of common feldspar minerals, consisting of differing mixtures of sodium and calcium aluminum silicates. Plagioclase is typically white, yellow, or reddish-gray, but it can also be blue to black. It occurs in igneous rocks. The minerals albite, oligoclase, andesine, labradorite, bytownite, and anorthite are all plagioclases. Chemical formula: (Na,Ca)Al(Si,Al)Si2O8.

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