albite

noun

al·​bite ˈal-ˌbīt How to pronounce albite (audio)
: a triclinic usually white mineral of the feldspar group consisting of a sodium aluminum silicate
albitic adjective

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Swedish albit, from Latin albus "white, light-colored" + Swedish -it -ite entry 1 — more at album

Note: The name was introduced by the Swedish mineralogist Johan Gottlieb Gahn (1745-1818) and Jakob berzelius in "Undersökning af några i grannskapet af Fahlun funna fossilier," Afhandlingar i Fysik, Kemi och Mineralogi, Fjerde delen (1815), p. 180.

First Known Use

circa 1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of albite was circa 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Albite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/albite. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

albite

noun
al·​bite ˈal-ˌbīt How to pronounce albite (audio)
: a usually white feldspar containing sodium

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