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[san-i-deen, -din] /ˈsæn ɪˌdin, -dɪn/
noun, Mineralogy
a glassy, often transparent variety of orthoclase in which sodium may replace as much as 50 percent of the potassium: forms phenocrysts in some igneous rocks.
1805-15; < German Sanidin, equivalent to Greek sanid- (stem of sanís plank) + German -in -ine2
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[san-i-din-ik] /ˌsæn ɪˈdɪn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for sanidine


/ˈsænɪˌdiːn; -dɪn/
an alkali feldspar that is a high-temperature glassy form of orthoclase in flat, tabular crystals, found in lavas and dykes. Formula: KAlSi3O8
Word Origin
C19: from German, from Greek sanis, sanidos a board
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Encyclopedia Article for sanidine

alkali feldspar mineral, a high-temperature form of potassium aluminosilicate (KAlSi3O8) that sometimes occurs in surface rocks. Sanidine forms colourless or white, glassy, transparent crystals in acidic volcanic rocks.

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