Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

nepheline

play
noun neph·e·line \ˈne-fə-ˌlēn\

Definition of nepheline

  1. :  a hexagonal mineral that is a usually glassy crystalline silicate of sodium, potassium, and aluminum common in igneous rocks

nephelinic play \ˌne-fə-ˈli-nik\ adjective


Variants of nepheline

also nephelite play \-ˌlīt\

Origin of nepheline

French néphéline, from Greek nephelē cloud — more at nebula


First Known Use: circa 1814


Learn More about nepheline


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up nepheline? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to manage or play awkwardly

Get Word of the Day daily email!