mel·​i·​lite | \ ˈmeləˌlīt \
plural -s

Definition of melilite

: an often honey-yellow mineral (Ca,Na2)(Mg,Fe,Al)(Si,Al)2O7 occurring in small tetragonal crystals that is a silicate of sodium, calcium, aluminum, and iron especially : a member of the series consisting of an isomorphous solid-solution series between gehlenite and akermanite

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History and Etymology for melilite

French mélilite, from méli- meli- + -lite

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“Melilite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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