alite

noun
\ ˈāˌlīt \
plural -s

Definition of alite 

: a constituent of portland-cement clinker now identified as a calcium silicate approximately Ca3SiO5 containing small but essential amounts of aluminum and magnesium in substitution for silicon and empty holes in the crystal structure

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First Known Use of alite

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alite

a entry 1 + -lite

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