microlite

noun

mi·​cro·​lite
ˈmīkrəˌlīt
plural -s
1
: a mineral (Na,Ca)2Ta2O6(O,OH,F) that consists of an oxide of sodium, calcium, and tantalum with small amounts of fluorine and hydroxyl and that is isomorphous with pyrochlore
2
[German mikrolith, from mikr- micr- + -lith -lite] : a minute crystal that is visible only under the microscope and usually affects polarized light : microcrystal
microlitic
¦⸗⸗¦litik
adjective

Word History

Etymology

micr- + -lite

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“Microlite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microlite. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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