hauynite

noun

ha·​uy·​nite
äˈwēˌnīt
variants or hauyne
äˈwēn
plural -s
: an isometric silicate mineral (Na,Ca)48Al6Si6O24(SO4)1− consisting of sulfate of aluminum, calcium, and sodium and occurring commonly as rounded grains in various igneous rocks (hardness 5.5–6, specific gravity 2.4–2.5)

Word History

Etymology

hauynite from hauyne + -ite; hauyne from French haüyne, from Abbé René Just Haüy †1822 French mineralogist + French -ine

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“Hauynite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hauynite. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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