feldspar

noun
feld·​spar | \ ˈfel(d)-ˌspär How to pronounce feldspar (audio) \

Definition of feldspar

: any of a group of crystalline minerals that consist of aluminum silicates with either potassium, sodium, calcium, or barium and that are an essential constituent of nearly all crystalline rocks

Examples of feldspar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Generations of Spruce Pine miners tossed the quartz aside in favor of the feldspar and mica. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "The special ingredient of those brilliant white sand traps at the Masters," 11 Nov. 2020 Later the region was mined for the feldspar in the granite ledges. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 12 Aug. 2019 The researchers examined zircon, an incredibly resilient mineral, as well as feldspar and quartz from the rock sample, according to Mike Wall at Space.com. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Earth’s Oldest Known Rock May Have Been Found on the Moon," 28 Jan. 2019 The other important minerals available in significant quantities are limestone, dolomite, manganese, mica, china clay, graphite, fire clay, coal bed methane, uranium, phosphorite, apatite, quartz, gold, feldspar and pyroxenite. Gurvinder Singh, Quartz India, "The coal mining region in India where the ground beneath shakes and belches fire," 4 Oct. 2019 Later the region was mined for the feldspar in the granite ledges. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 12 Aug. 2019 Later the region was mined for the feldspar in the granite ledges. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 12 Aug. 2019 Later the region was mined for the feldspar in the granite ledges. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 12 Aug. 2019 Later the region was mined for the feldspar in the granite ledges. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of feldspar

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for feldspar

modification of obsolete German Feldspath (now Feldspat), from German Feld field + obsolete German Spath (now Spat) spar

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“Feldspar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feldspar. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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feldspar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feldspar

: a very common type of mineral

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