microcline

noun

mi·​cro·​cline ˈmī-krō-ˌklīn How to pronounce microcline (audio)
: a triclinic mineral of the feldspar group that is like orthoclase in composition

Word History

Etymology

German Mikroklin, from mikr- micr- + Greek klinein to lean — more at lean

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microcline was in 1849

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“Microcline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microcline. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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