cancrinite

noun
can·​cri·​nite | \ -ˌnīt \
plural -s

Definition of cancrinite

: a mineral (Na2,Ca)4(AlSiO4)6CO3.nH2O consisting of an aluminosilicate and carbonate of sodium and calcium occurring in igneous rocks usually as transparent to translucent masses of various colors (hardness 5–6, specific gravity 2.42–2.5)

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History and Etymology for cancrinite

German cancrinit, from Count Georg Cancrin †1845 Russian statesman + German -it -ite

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“Cancrinite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cancrinite. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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