adularia

noun

ad·​u·​lar·​ia ˌa-jə-ˈler-ē-ə How to pronounce adularia (audio)
ˌa-dyə-
: a transparent or translucent orthoclase

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Italian, from Adula, mountain group in the Lepontine Alps east of St. Gotthard Pass (Switzerland) + -aria (borrowed from Latin -āria, feminine singular of -ārius -ary entry 1)

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adularia was in 1789

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Cite this Entry

“Adularia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adularia. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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