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[al-bahyt] /ˈæl baɪt/
noun, Mineralogy
the sodium end member of the plagioclase feldspar group, light-colored and found in alkalic igneous rocks.
Origin of albite
1835-45; < Latin alb(us) white + -ite1
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[al-bit-ik] /ælˈbɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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a colourless, milky-white, yellow, pink, green, or black mineral of the feldspar group and plagioclase series, found in igneous sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. It is used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics. Composition: sodium aluminium silicate. Formula: NaALSi3O8. Crystal structure: triclinic
Derived Forms
albitic (ælˈbɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin albus white
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albite in Science
A clear to milky white triclinic mineral of the plagioclase group. Albite is common in igneous rocks, especially granite, and in metamorphic rocks that formed at low temperatures. Chemical formula: NaAlSi3O8.
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