a mineral aggregate of albite, zoisite, and other calcium aluminum silicates, formed by alteration of plagioclase feldspars in igneous rocks.

1805–15; named after H. B. de Saussure (1740–99), Swiss geologist and physicist; see -ite1

saussuritic [saw-suh-rit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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