halite

halite

[hal-ahyt, hey-lahyt]
noun
a soft white or colorless mineral, sodium chloride, NaCl, occurring in cubic crystals with perfect cleavage; rock salt.

Origin:
1865–70; hal- + -ite1

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halite (ˈhælaɪt)
 
n
Also called: rock salt a colourless or white mineral sometimes tinted by impurities, found in beds as an evaporite. It is used to produce common salt and chlorine. Composition: sodium chloride. Formula: NaCl. Crystal structure: cubic
 
[C19: from New Latin halītes; see halo-, -ite²]

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halite
"rock salt," 1868, coined as Mod.L. halites (Glocker, 1847), from Gk. hals (gen. halos) "salt" + chemical noun suffix -ite.
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halite   (hāl'īt', hā'līt')  Pronunciation Key 
A colorless or white mineral occurring as cubic crystals. Halite is found in dried lakebeds in arid climates and is used as table salt. Chemical formula: NaCl. See more at salt.
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