noun \ˈplā-j(ē-)ə-ˌklās, ˈpla-, -ˌklāz\

Definition of PLAGIOCLASE

:  a triclinic feldspar; especially :  one having calcium or sodium in its composition


Greek plagios oblique + klasis breaking, from klan to break — more at clast
First Known Use: circa 1868


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of the series of abundant feldspar minerals that usually occur as light- to medium-grey-coloured, transparent to translucent grains or crystals. Plagioclase ranges in composition from albite to anorthite. It is used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics; iridescent varieties are valued as gemstones. The primary importance of plagioclase, however, derives from its role as a rock-forming mineral.


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