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plagioclase

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noun pla·gio·clase \ˈplā-j(ē-)ə-ˌklās, ˈpla-, -ˌklāz\

Definition of plagioclase

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



Origin of plagioclase

Greek plagios oblique + klasis breaking, from klan to break — more at clast


First Known Use: circa 1868


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