nepheline


neph·e·line

noun \ˈne-fə-ˌlēn\

Definition of NEPHELINE

:  a hexagonal mineral that is a usually glassy crystalline silicate of sodium, potassium, and aluminum common in igneous rocks
neph·e·lin·ic \ˌne-fə-ˈli-nik\ adjective

Variants of NEPHELINE

neph·e·line also neph·e·lite \-ˌlīt\

Origin of NEPHELINE

French néphéline, from Greek nephelē cloud — more at nebula
First Known Use: circa 1814

nepheline

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Most common feldspathoid mineral, an aluminosilicate of sodium and potassium (NaKAlSiO). It is sometimes used as a substitute for feldspars in the manufacture of glass and ceramics.

Variants of NEPHELINE

nepheline or nephelite

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